Omicron variant case found on the French territory of Réunion

A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed stock chart and the words “Omicron SARS-CoV-2” in this illustration taken on November 27, 2021. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo

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PARIS, Nov.30 (Reuters) – A person has tested positive for the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus on the French island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean and six of his contacts are being tested, the government said on Tuesday .

Official researcher Dr Patrick Mavingui said the person was a 53-year-old man who had traveled to Mozambique and made a stopover in South Africa.

The patient, who returned to Reunion about two weeks ago, is in isolation, Mavingui told local French media.

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French government spokesman Gabriel Attal Attal confirmed the case. “Six of his contacts were placed in isolation, three from his family circle and three from his professional circle,” he told Europe 1 radio.

Omicron, first reported in southern Africa and which the World Health Organization (WHO) has said was at risk of an outbreak of infections, has raised global alarm as border closures cast a shadow over a recovery emerging economy. Read more

Attal said results for eight possible cases of the variant across France are expected in the next few hours.

Data from the Ministry of Health showed on Monday that France had recorded its biggest increase in hospital admissions linked to the coronavirus since the spring. Read more

The number of intensive care units (ICUs) with COVID-19 jumped from 117 to 1,749 people, the largest increase since March-April.

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Report by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Jean Terzian; additional report by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Kim Coghill and Andrew Cawthorne

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