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Health officials in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) have reported 402 total Omicron cases in 21 countries through December 9.

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Although cases reported initially were linked to travel, an increasing number of cases are now reported to have been acquired within the EU/EEA–Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Iceland, including as parts of clusters and outbreaks, with cases also being detected in representative surveillance systems, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports.

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Officials say all cases for which there is available information on severity were either asymptomatic or mild. So far, there have been no Omicron-related deaths reported.

They caution the number of confirmed cases is too low to understand if the disease clinical spectrum of Omicron differs from that of previously detected VOCs.