2nd U.S. case of Omicron variant found in Minnesota

A woman receives a COVID-19 test at Times Square in New York, the United States, Nov. 23, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) — The second U.S. case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant was found in the midwestern state of Minnesota on Thursday.

The variant was discovered in an adult male resident who had recently visited New York City for the Anime NYC convention, the Minnesota Health Department said in a news release. He is fully vaccinated and received a booster shot in November.

The man developed mild symptoms on Nov. 22, one day after the conclusion of the convention held at the Javits Center from Nov. 19 to 21. He was tested Nov. 24 and advised to isolate himself from others; his symptoms have since resolved.

The first U.S. Omicron case was confirmed in California Wednesday in a person who recently returned to San Francisco from a trip to South Africa. Xinhua

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