On Saturday, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that a woman was being tested for the Omicron strain. She had traveled to Namibia and returned to the Czech Republic through the South African Republic and Dubai.
The Luberec hospital said later on Saturday, as quoted by Czech TV, that the woman’s test results confirmed with 90 percent accuracy that she had contracted the Omicron strain of the coronavirus.
The woman had been vaccinated against COVID-19 and only has mild symptoms. She remains in isolation, as well as another eight people who arrived with her.
"We are among the countries that took the earliest action against the Nu (omicron) variant that is on the agenda. The most common variant in Turkey is the Delta variant. Nu variant has not been found," Koca said on Twitter on Saturday.
Both cases were logged in Munich, and those who contracted the new strain, returned from the South African Republic.
"The health ministry and the government center for control over the spread of COVID-19 will soon release a statement, banning entry travelers from these countries from entering Thailand starting December 2021," Karnkawinpong said at a briefing.
"All travelers arriving in the coming days from the eight African countries have to undergo a full 14-day quarantine regardless of the vaccination status," Karnkawinpong stated.
"There are no plans to evacuate staff from South Africa, the country has very good medical facilities", Fricker said.
"Vaccination combined with mask-wearing, social distancing and hand washing, as well as good ventilation when indoors, continue to be the most effective ways to stop COVID spread and prevent severe illness", Fricker added.