Countries see signs of growing community Omicron spread


Danish health officials today said the COVID-19 Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant is spreading across the country, following revelations yesterday from the United Kingdom that the variant is spreading in different parts of England.

Meanwhile, several world hot spots continue to battle Delta (B1617.2) variant surges, with some nations in Europe taking new steps to curb the spread in the lead-up to the holidays.

More reports of community spread

At a briefing today, Denmark’s Patient Safety Authority Director Anette Lykke Petri, MD, said Omicron variant activity is spreading though the society, with large outbreaks in the east and west, according to Reuters. The country has reported 398 cases so far.

On Twitter today, Mads Albertsen, PhD, who heads a bioinformatics and sequencing lab at Aalborg University, estimated that 2% of the country’s cases currently involve the Omicron variant. He added that Denmark is screening about 200,000 people a day, with positive samples tested with an Omicron-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Scientists are sequencing all positive Omicron samples, plus 2,000 random positive samples each day.



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