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Covid: a new variant of Omicron discovered in China, at the height of contamination


China has recorded more than 13,000 cases of Covid-19 this Sunday, April 3, the highest number since the peak of the first wave in 2020. Authorities also announced that they had discovered a sub-variant of Omicron. We take stock.

The worrying situation in China. This Sunday, April 3, the bar of 13,000 positive cases was even crossed, a number never reached since the first wave of the epidemic in early 2020, specifies the express. In detail, these are “1,455 patients with symptoms” and “11,691 asymptomatic”, and “no new deaths have been reported”, the National Health Commission said in a statement. The highly contagious Omicron variant has spread to more than a dozen provinces. Nearly 70% of new cases were detected in Shanghai, specified the Commission, after the tests carried out on all the inhabitants.

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A “new variant of Omicron” discovered

Almost all of Shanghai’s 25 million residents have been confined since Saturday. The city has indeed become in recent days the epicenter of a new wave of contamination linked to Omicron, details Release.

Authorities have discovered a mutation of the Omicron variant that is not listed in any local or international database, state media reported Sunday.

No information was given on the number of cases such as its possible higher transmissibility or its dangerousness, but this variant will be closely monitored, reminds our colleagues from the Independent.

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