Peak in Omicron variant cases put Europe on Edge

In pieces of the United States has health officials also a stable seen climb in the number of Omicron cases. The variant has been detected in at least 16 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Some Americans also become more nervous.

“We’re paying more attention, which we probably haven’t” for just a little while,’ said Rory Bakke, who lives in Marin County, California “It has heightened our attention to the reports of symptoms and how contagious it is and the science reports.”

Mrs Bakke expressed her frustration over the latest threat.

“I feel like if everyone had just followed the guidelines, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” she says. “So that’s discouraging.”

The Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa in end of November. On Saturday Zambia became the latest African country — next to South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria and Ghana – to report cases.

Since it emergence, a number of travel restrictions have been imposed to try to slow its spread, including: in the United States and Europe.

Yet some European governments are hesitant to impose drastic measures new domestic restrictions in the coming of a long-awaited period of travel and big meetings, especially given the lockdown in a lot of of Europe last winter. many have instead chose to focus on limit travel from abroad of require: more to test for travelers.

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