US has identified its first reported case of Covid-19 due to Omicron variant, with health officials confirming that an individual in California has tested positive.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that the variant was detected in a person returning from South Africa on November 22, two days before the variant was first reported to the United Nations. World Health Organization by nation.
Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said the individual was fully vaccinated and had mild symptoms.
“We know it is only a matter of time before the first case of Omicron is detected in the United States,” Fauci said. “We know what we need to do to protect people: get vaccinated if you haven’t been vaccinated; Get a health boost if you’ve been vaccinated. “
The CDC said it is “actively monitoring and preparing for this variation, and we will continue to work diligently with other US and global public health and industry partners to learn more.”
Biden is expected to Announcement on Thursday a series of measures designed to slow the spread of Covid-19 during the winter, including requiring more stringent testing for international travelers. But Fauci said that even with the US’s first case of Omicron, the authorities have not yet considered mandatory testing upon arrival in the country.
“This person did what we hoped the other would do,” he said. “As soon as they had symptoms, they went for a test and the result was positive.”
Last week, on same day WHO declared Omicron a “worrying variant”, Biden announced that travel to the US from some African countries would be restricted. Fauci said on Wednesday that those restrictions would be temporary, though he did not say when they would end.
However, when asked if the pandemic would end, he said: “There is no doubt this will end. I promise you this will be over.”
Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, urged residents not to panic over the Omicron variant, adding in a tweet: “We should assume it’s in other states as well.”
In the days following the discovery of Omicron in southern Africa, more and more governments move to limit travel from those countries. Other countries have since confirmed cases of the new strain.
US stocks continued to give up previous gains after the announcement. The S&P 500 index rose 0.7 percent in afternoon trade and 1.9 percent in morning trade.