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Omicron COVID Strain
The new COVID variant was initially detected in South Africa and Botswana and sparked major concerns due to its high number of mutations (32). The WHO dubbed the strain Omicron and warned it may prove to be more transmissible and dangerous than other coronavirus variants.

Mainland China Confirms First Case of Omicron Coronavirus Variant, Reports Say

© REUTERS / CHINA DAILYMedical workers in protective suits test nucleic acid samples inside a Huo-Yan (Fire Eye) laboratory of BGI, following new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China early August 5, 2021
Medical workers in protective suits test nucleic acid samples inside a Huo-Yan (Fire Eye) laboratory of BGI, following new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China early August 5, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.12.2021
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BEIJING (Sputnik) - The first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant has been detected in Mainland China, CCTV reported on Monday.
Health authorities in the northern city of Tianjin reported the case, according to CCTV.
The Omicron strain, which originated in South Africa, was designated a "Variant of Concern" by the World Health Organisation. Its spread has prompted lockdowns and the tightening of anti-pandemic measures across the globe. The strain contains more mutations of the spike protein (32) than all previous variants, which raises concerns about its possibly high transmissibility.
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