RKI: So far four proven Omikron cases in Germany
BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), four cases of the Omikron variant have been confirmed by genome sequencing in Germany. These four cases are people returning from South Africa, wrote the RKI in its weekly report on Thursday evening. South Africa informed about the variant in the middle of last week. The four people were all vaccinated, none of them had to go to hospital for treatment, as the RKI announced. All of them showed only mild symptoms. According to the RKI, the information relates to advance information that was transmitted by Wednesday (December 1st).
In eight other cases in Germany there is a suspicion of omicrons, these are currently being checked by genome sequencing – i.e. reading out the virus genome. However, experts assume an occurrence that already goes beyond this.
According to the RKI, infections with the Omikron variant have been detected in at least 18 countries. The 12 European countries therefore include Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark. / Vf / DP / mis