The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first infection in the country of the Omicron mutant strain of the new coronavirus, which is rapidly spreading worldwide.
The infection was confirmed in California, according to the CDC’s announcement, when it was detected by travelers returning from South Africa on 22 November. The infected have been vaccinated, have mild symptoms, are improving, and are currently in self-quarantine. It was said that all the people who had been vaccinated were contacted and none of them showed a positive reaction.
Governor Newsom of California explained at a news conference that the infected had arrived in San Francisco on the 22nd and had symptoms on the 25th. He was tested on the 28th and found positive the next day, but he was not hospitalized. “The personal progress is going well,” he said, saying that a complete cure is expected.
President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said he is not aware of any other possible cases of Omicron strain infection in the United States at this time. He also said that, as far as he knows, the infected person has not been vaccinated with the new corona booster.
Epidemiologists have pointed out that it would not be surprising if an infected person was finally confirmed in the United States, given the spread of Omicron strains so far, but this confirmation is psychologically damaging. Early warnings over the risks of Omicron stocks have shaken the market, with the United States tightening some travel restrictions and other countries moving to strengthen border measures.
Governor Newsom said, “There is no reason to panic, but you should stay vigilant: vaccinations, booster vaccinations, and indoor masks.”Tweetbottom.
Original title:First U.S. Case of Omicron Variant Confirmed in California (2)（抜粋）
(I will update by adding Mr. Fauci’s comments etc. after the third paragraph)