The first confirmed instance of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the United States has been confirmed by public health experts in California.
The infected person had recently returned from South Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the CDC, the passenger was completely vaccinated, has only shown moderate symptoms thus far, and is currently self-isolating.
The United States intends to implement new travel restrictions as a result of the new version.
According to claims in the US media, international passengers may soon be forced to show a negative test result from within 24 hours of their departure.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden is set to unveil the harsher testing requirements as well as potential further steps.
The president said on Monday that the new variation is “not a reason for alarm,” and that domestic lockdowns are unlikely as a result.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States have designated Omicron as a “variant of concern,” it is unclear if it is linked to increased transmission or an increased risk of vaccine evasion.
Travel from eight African countries has already been banned by the US and other countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi.
The travel limitations, according to health experts, will afford them time to research the new variety, but new reports show that the Omicron form was already spread throughout Western Europe because once scientists in South Africa discovered it last week.
At least 23 nations, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and other European Union member countries, have now reported cases of the substantially modified strain, according to the WHO.
At a White House briefing on Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Omicron’s appearance “further emphasises the necessity for vaccination, boosters, and preventative activities needed to guard against Covid-19.”.