EU decides against emergency summit on omicron for now

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An EU official says the bloc has decided against holding a special remote EU leaders summit on the Omicron coronavirus pandemic for the time being.

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BRUSSELS: The European Union has decided against holding a special remote summit of the bloc’s leaders on the Omicron coronavirus version for the time being, an official said on Wednesday.

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An emergency summit was discussed for days, but it was difficult for all the leaders to find time. It was also unclear what decisions the leaders might make, while much was uncertain about the new version that was first discovered in southern Africa.

EU nations and the European Council will monitor developments on a daily basis.

As of Tuesday, 44 cases of omicron had been reported in 11 EU countries, the European Union’s European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said, adding that the majority involved a history of travel to Africa. Outside the European Union and southern Africa, Omicron infections have been reported in places such as Australia, Canada, the UK and Israel.

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