German state reports four fully vaccinated people infected with Omicron

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BERLIN, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Four people in southern Germany have tested positive for the Omicron COVID-19 variant even though they were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the public health office in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said.

Three of the infected people returned from a business trip to South Africa on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 respectively, and the fourth person is a family member of one of the returnees, the state public health office said on Tuesday.

“All four people are fully vaccinated. A mutation analysis carried out by the State Health Office has confirmed that all of them are infected with the new variant of concern,” the office said in a statement, adding that all four were in quarantine.

All four showed moderate symptoms.

Photo – A sign reading ‘Face masks mandatory’ in front of the Roland statue in the city centre of Bremen, northern Germany. EPA-EFE/FOCKE STRANGMANN

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