Fauci says first U.S. case of Omicron detected in California

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The first U.S. case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in California, top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks about the Omicron coronavirus variant case, which was detected in California, during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The individual in question had returned from South Africa on Nov. 22 and tested positive seven days later, he said.

He said the person, who was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but had not had a booster shot, had mild symptoms and was self-quarantining.

Reporting by Nandita Bose; writing by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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