The Omicron variant continues to spread in Europe.

The regional hospital in Liberec, in the north of the Czech Republic, announced on Saturday the discovery of the strain of the new variant in a patient with Covid-19.

"We can confirm that the strain is authenticated," a spokesperson for the establishment, Vacla Ricar, told Czech television, stressing that a sample would now be analyzed by the country's main laboratory.

"The result is, however, already precise enough," he said, adding that the strain was "90%" confirmed.

A vaccinated patient

Prime Minister Andrej Babis had previously announced that the woman, vaccinated and having mild symptoms, had traveled to Namibia, before returning to the Czech Republic via South Africa and Dubai.

The Czech Republic, a country of 10.7 million people, is grappling with a record daily growth in the number of contaminations, which led the government to announce new restrictions on Thursday, including the closure of restaurants, bars and nightclubs at night, as well as all the Christmas markets.


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