February 2, 2023

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The first case of the Omigron variant was detected

AA / Nice / Feiza Ben Mohamed

The Ile-de-France Regional Health Agency (ARS) said in a statement on Thursday morning that the first case of the omicron variant of Covid-19 had been detected in the metropolitan area of ​​France.

The affected patient is returning from a trip to Nigeria.

“A passenger living in Seine-et-Marne gave a positive test to Covid when he got off the plane on November 25,” the statement said, adding that “the sequence of the sample on Wednesday revealed that he was a carrier. Omigron variant”.

It is about “a man in his 50s and 60s who showed no symptoms during the test.”

Already on Wednesday, government spokesman Gabriel Attle said there were “13 suspected cases of omigran variation in the region” and that there would be “confirmed cases in the coming hours or days”.

To counter the threat of the spread of this new variant, France has decided to impose a negative PCR test on all travelers from non-European countries, whether they are vaccinated or not.

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