By NewsDesk  @bactiman63 

The Bavaria Ministry of Health (computer translated) reported today two suspected cases of the new Omicron variant in Bavaria have been confirmed.

A ministry spokeswoman said Saturday in Munich: “The people have been here since November 25th and after a positive PCR test are in domestic isolation. After reporting on the new variant, the two people proactively initiated an examination of the variant themselves.

“All people who have stayed in South Africa in the past 14 days should immediately reduce their contacts, have a PCR test, and tell the travel history to the health department immediately. In addition, all persons regardless of their immune status, including those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered, who received the information from the Robert Koch Institute on November 26th. Enter countries classified as virus variant areas, have to be in quarantine for 14 days and not be able to test themselves prematurely. You must have a PCR test performed before the quarantine ends.”

The spokeswoman said: “We have to do everything to prevent the spread of the new variant in the Free State and Germany! It is not yet clear to what extent the new variant is more contagious or leads to more hospitalizations. However, until science sees more clearly, we must exercise caution. In view of the already high number of infections, the following applies anyway: reduce contacts, mask and distance, and above all: vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate! ”

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The spokeswoman emphasized: “Bavaria reacted promptly and quickly to the still very new variant. 50 of the passengers arriving from Cape Town on Friday are in quarantine in Bavaria. Two foreign passengers tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 . It is currently being investigated whether they are infected with the Omicron variant. Genome sequencing and VOC- PCR have been initiated. You are in isolation in a hotel because you do not have a place of residence in Bavaria. ”

The spokeswoman added: “As of November 28, 2021  only German nationals and people residing in Germany are allowed to travel by plane from these countries. Nevertheless, the ministry appeals: Do not travel to these countries – the effects of the variant are currently unclear. It is at least as contagious as the Delta variant and possibly more dangerous! ”

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