1st case of omicron variant in US confirmed in California

Officials have confirmed the first known omicron variant (B.1.1.529) case in the United States. 

The case was an individual who had returned to California from South Africa on Nov. 22 and tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 29, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said at a White House briefing on Wednesday (Dec. 1). None of the individual’s close contacts have tested positive, he said. 

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