First confirmed case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in the US found in California

Federal officials confirm that the first case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in the United States has been found in California.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health officials in California and San Francisco confirmed the detection.

“The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22,” the CDC said in a statement. “The individual, who was fully vaccinated and had mild symptoms that are improving, is self-quarantining and has been since testing positive. All close contacts have been contacted and have tested negative.”

This is the first case of the variant in the United States, which restricted travel from South Africa and eight other nations on Monday as details about the variant emerged from research there.

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