27th Jan 2022


Omicron 'present in Europe at least 10 days ago'

The Omicron Covid-19 variant was present in Europe at least 10 days ago, before South African health experts alerted the world to their concerns around the newly-identified variant, The Guardian writes. The Dutch health authority said it found the Omicron variant in two local cases going back 11 days, showing it was already in Europe before the reports came out of South Africa on 24 November.

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