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Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom on Saturday confirmed cases of the Omicron new coronavirus variant as nations around the world moved to ban travel from the continent due to concerns over the new form of the deadly virus.

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Germany’s health officials said on Saturday they had been diagnosed Two People Omicron, but it was not immediately clear where the people had come from, Reuters reports.

Italy’s National Institute of Health said on Saturday a person The new version has been traced to a traveler from Mozambique, Reuters reports.

The new Omicron variant, first seen in southern Africa, Identified in Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel.

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said two cases had been detected in Essex and Nottingham were “connected”,” and two more people were being tested as officials carry out contact tracing, reports the BBC.

The UK has added four African countries – Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia to its travel red list – and implemented stricter rules on international travel and PCR testing for indoor face coverings and for people to receive booster shots is encouraged.

Health officials in the Czech Republic said they were investigating suspicious case Omicron count in a Namibian man while health officials in the Netherlands were conducting further tests 61 passengers who tested positive for COVID out of 600 travelers from southern Africa to be tested to see if they had contracted Omicron.

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