New Info Shows Omicron Spread Wider Earlier Than Thought
New findings about the coronavirus's omicron variant made it clear that the emerging threat slipped into countries well before their defenses were up.
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BRUSSELS (AP) — New findings about the coronavirus’s omicron variant made it clear Tuesday that the emerging threat slipped into countries well before their defenses were up, as two distant nations announced their first cases and a third reported its presence before South African officials sounded the alarm. The Netherlands’ RIVM health institute found omicron in samples dating from Nov. 19 and 23. The World Health Organization said South Africa first reported the variant to…