The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) announced Tuesday the first confirmed cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant in Latin America after a Brazilian couple tested positive.
The Sao Paulo state health secretariat said the couple, returning to Brazil from South America, showed light symptoms when they had their tests taken on November 25.
Reports said another potential case of omicron had been under investigation by Brazilian authorities since Sunday.
Elsewhere, Japan reported its first omicron case on Tuesday, identified as a Namibian diplomat who had recently arrived in the country the same day Japan banned all foreign visitors.
France recorded its first case in its Indian Ocean territory Reunion, where authorities said the patient was a man who had returned to Reunion from South Africa and Mozambique.
Meanwhile, new findings from a Dutch health institute indicated Tuesday that the variant was already in Europe almost a week earlier before South Africa reported its existence to the World Health Organization.
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