The First Omicron Case Has Been Discovered in the United States

The first Omicron variant case has been discovered in the United States, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

“A person in California became the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant of COVID-19,” a U.S. official told the AP.

A South African doctor who has treated Omicron patients has noted that the symptoms thus far appear to be “mild.”

“Covid symptoms linked to the new omicron variant have been described as ‘extremely mild’ by the South African doctor who first raised the alarm over the new strain,” CNBC reported.

“Dr. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, told the BBC on Sunday that she started to see patients around Nov.18 presenting with ‘unusual symptoms’ that differed slightly from those associated with the delta variant, which is the most virulent strain of the virus to date and globally dominant,” the report added.

“It actually started with a male patient who’s around the age of 33 … and he said to me that he’s just [been] extremely tired for the past few days and he’s got these body aches and pains with a bit of a headache,” she told the BBC.

The government of Botswana’s Covid-19 Task Force addressed the origins of the Omicron variant in its country, and noted it was first found among four “fully vaccinated” patients.

“The Presidential Covid-19 Task Force informs the public that four (4) cases of a new Covid-19 variant now known as B.1.1.529, were reported and recorded on Monday 22nd November 2021,” Botswana’s task force coordinator Dr.  K. Masupu said. “The four (4) cases were detected among travellers who tested SARS-COV-2 positive on routine pre-travel testing. The variant tests were carried out as part of the routine genomic surveillance of SARS-COV-2 as prescribed in our COVID-19 response plan.”

“The preliminary report revealed that all the four had been fully vaccinated for COVID-19,” the report added.

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