On Monday, China reports first case of Omicron, a novel coronavirus type that is rapidly spreading around the world.
The virus was discovered in a person who entered the country from an unnamed abroad location, according to authorities in Tianjin, according to the Tianjin Daily newspaper.
Last Monday, the asymptomatic patient tested positive for Covid-19, and subsequent testing "confirmed the presence of the… Omicron form," according to the study. The patient has been isolated, according to the source, who also stated that the person has been isolated at the hospital.
To avoid the spread of Omicron, disease control agencies have recommended stricter safeguards in port cities such as Tianjin, which is about 140 kilometres (87 miles) from the capital.
According to the World Health Organization, Omicron tends to spread faster than the Delta form, making immunizations less effective but generating less severe symptoms.