Czech health authorities are investigating a suspected case of the Omicron variant in a traveler new to Namibia, the Czech National Institute of Public Health said in an emailed notice to CNN on Saturday. .
The institute said that the PCR test showed the infection could be caused by the Omicron variant, but added that full sequencing of the sample would need to be completed to confirm this. It indicates sequencing work is in progress.
If confirmed, it will be the first instance of the new and potentially more transmittable variant in the Czech Republic.
The Czech government has also imposed a travel ban on foreign visitors from eight African countries. As of midnight local time on November 27, foreign visitors from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique will not be allowed to enter the Czech Republic, according to the government website.
Czech citizens and permanent residents returning to the Czech Republic are allowed to come but will be quarantined for 10 days.