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Omicron variant present in Europe before being identified in South Africa

The variant of the Chinese coronavirus omicron was present in Europe before being identified in South Africa, Dutch health authorities revealed on Tuesday.

According to the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the omicron variant was infecting the Netherlands almost a week before the world woke up on Friday to the strand that experts and scientists have declared to be from South Africa.

The cases detected in South Africa at Amsterdam airport were apparently not the first time the omicron had reached Europe and other countries. Belgium and Germany also believe the variant was circulating in their counties by Friday, according to CBS News.

“It is not yet clear whether the people concerned [in the earlier cases] have also been to southern Africa, ”said RIVM. “During the coming period, various studies will be carried out on the distribution of the Omicron variant in the Netherlands.”

The new information sheds light on how little so-called experts and scientists know about the coronavirus virus, let alone the political policies with horrific unintended consequences instituted to supposedly protect populations.

Passengers walk at Schiphol Airport on November 29, 2021. Dutch health authorities said on November 29 that they found another case of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant among passengers from South Africa, bringing the total at 14. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP via Getty Images)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has noted that it will be weeks before enough data is collected to make further decisions on the variant.

“Preliminary data suggests that there is an increase in hospitalization rates in South Africa, but this may be due to the increase in the overall number of people infected, rather than a specific infection,” said the ‘WHO.

As health experts study the new variant, many countries have banned travel to South African countries. President Biden did so on Friday, despite being roundly accused of implementing a travel ban he opposed as racist and xenophobic during the 2020 election season with former President Trump .

The omicron variant has not yet been detected in the United States, but it has been identified in Canada. WHO has called it a “very high” global risk.

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