COVID-19 live updates: Omicron identified in Minnesota, California

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 780,000 Americans.

12/2/2021 7:21:00 PM

LATEST: The Minnesota Department of Health said a Minnesota resident with recent travel history to New York City has become the state's first confirmed case of the omicron variant.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 780,000 Americans.

Email this article"We believe that omicron is widespread in the country," von Gottberg said."It does look like there is a predominance of omicron throughout the country," von Gottberg said."Almost 80% of specimens being sequenced in November are omicron. So we believe, truly, there is a link in the increase in cases with omicron variant."

Share to TwitterThe adult male lives in Hennepin County and has been vaccinated.Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesUnvaccinated people will be barred from most businesses in GermanyEmail this articleNearly 69% of Germans are fully vaccinated. The country has reported several cases of the omicron variant.

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First Omicron Covid-19 Case Confirmed in U.S., CDC SaysThe CDC has confirmed a person in California has contracted the Omicron Covid-19 variant, but reportedly only suffered mild symptoms and is improving. No panic necessary. А каким способом они это диагностируют? И чем? So who cares Mild symptoms are symptoms and I am not taking a chance to get that

Do Current COVID-19 Tests Still Detect Omicron?Here’s how the current COVID-19 tests, whether they’re done by a lab or at-home, work against the latest variant At least they can't blame the unvaccinbated as the ones bringing it are travellers and the unvaccinated can't travel , only those vaccinated can with passports need to focus on immutable sites to kill the virus and avoid variants. Enzc already done it and they have the cure

S.Korea hits new COVID-19 record, halts quarantine exemptions to block OmicronSouth Korea's daily coronavirus case numbers rose to a new high on Thursday, as authorities halted quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated inbound travellers for two weeks in a bid to fend off the Omicron variant. nice Get vaccinated, and nothing changed. Get vaccinated again, and nothing would change.

First confirmed US case of the omicron variant detected in California: COVID-19 updatesThe California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 found on an individual in the city was caused by omicron. The person was a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22 and was fully vaccinated. Not trying to ask stupid question but I had no idea all borders were open like South Africa just lately we could go to Canada and Europe so wtf Why was South Africa open

Glaxo’s Covid-19 Antibody Drug Found to Be Effective Against OmicronThe antibody treatment was effective against the variant in early laboratory studies, setting it apart from similar therapies that appear to work less well against the highly mutated strain. US Gov. NIH website 2011: 'IVERMECTIN ... immeasurable beneficial impact in improving the lives of BILLIONS of PEOPLE - being used FREE of charge ... 'wonder drug'' Can we have NEW *EUA* drugs - to ultimately market ... if there's an existing treatment? Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Billy has his fingers in the pie everywere.

Did a collision of COVID-19 and HIV forge the Omicron variant?The Omicron variant was probably incubated in a person with poorly controlled HIV who struggled to clear a coronavirus infection. Sewage You can’t be serious…

Previous COVID-19 infection may not protect against omicron variant, scientist warns Link Share to Twitter Email this article As omicron appears to be rapidly overtaking delta as the dominant variant of the novel coronavirus in South Africa, a scientist warned Thursday that the new variant appears to be able to dodge some of the immunity from vaccines and previous infections. Professor Anne von Gottberg, a clinical microbiologist at South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases, told reporters during an online press briefing that omicron may not be more contagious or virulent than delta, but early data indicates previous infection does not provide protection against omicron as it seems to do with delta. "We believe that omicron is widespread in the country," von Gottberg said. South Africa and Botswana were the first countries to identify the omicron variant last month. Since then, South Africa has reported a total of 172 confirmed cases and Botswana has reported 19. Over the past week, Southern Africa has recorded a spike in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths, mostly driven by South Africa, where scientists believe omicron is rapidly becoming the dominant variant. "It does look like there is a predominance of omicron throughout the country," von Gottberg said."Almost 80% of specimens being sequenced in November are omicron. So we believe, truly, there is a link in the increase in cases with omicron variant." Minnesota confirms its 1st omicron case Link Share to Twitter Email this article The Minnesota Department of Health said a Minnesota resident with recent travel history to New York City has become the state's first confirmed case of the omicron variant. The adult male lives in Hennepin County and has been vaccinated. After experiencing mild symptoms on Nov. 22, he was tested on Nov. 24. He no longer has symptoms. He attended an anime convention at the Javits Center in Manhattan from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21. Anime NYC said it welcomed 53,000 fans. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state is in touch with health officials in Minnesota and she encouraged any of the 53,000 attendees to get tested. Spencer Platt/Getty Images A sign outside of a hospital advertises the COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 19, 2021, in New York. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, Minnesota’s nation-leading genome sequencing infrastructure and strong testing network have allowed the state to quickly track the COVID-19 virus and better understand its spread. Today, those tools detected a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota," Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement."This news is concerning, but it is not a surprise. We know that this virus is highly infectious and moves quickly throughout the world." Unvaccinated people will be barred from most businesses in Germany Link Share to Twitter Email this article Unvaccinated people in Germany will be barred from most businesses, except for grocery stores and pharmacies, officials announced Thursday. In Germany, shops and restaurants check vaccination status at entrances. Nearly 69% of Germans are fully vaccinated. The country has reported several cases of the omicron variant. -ABC News' Joe Simonetti Mask mandate on public transportation extended through March 18 Link Share to Twitter Email this article according to a new plan from the Biden administration. Mario Tama/Getty Images International travelers pass through the Tom Bradley International Terminal after arriving into the U.S. at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Dec. 01, 2021, in Los Angeles. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images People walk along the train platform at the Second Avenue subway station on Nov. 9, 2021 in New York City. Tighter requirements for travel into the U.S. will go into place early next week, the administration said. The rule calls for proof of a negative test within one day of travel to the U.S. for all passengers, regardless of their vaccination status or nationality. President Joe Biden also announced a plan Thursday allowing for free rapid tests. Senior administration officials say the more than 150 million Americans with private insurance will be able to submit for reimbursement to their insurance companies through the same rule that allows tests on site to be covered by insurance. To reach uninsured Americans and those on Medicare or Medicaid, the Biden administration will send 50 million at-home tests to 20,000 federal sites around the country to be handed out for free. The Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Treasury Department will put out guidance by Jan. 15 to determine exactly how many tests will be covered and at what frequency, the plan said, and it will not retroactively cover tests already purchased. -ABC News' Cheyenne Haslett, Justin Gomez Load More