Epidemiological update: Omicron variant of concern (VOC) – data as of 1 December 2021 (12.00)

Epidemiological update

As of 1 December 2021, and since 30 November 2021, 15 additional SARS-CoV-2 Omicron VOC cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 59 confirmed cases. The cases have been reported by 11 European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries: Austria (3), Belgium (2), Czechia (1), Denmark (4), France (1, in Réunion), Germany (9), Italy (4), the Netherlands (16), Portugal (14), Spain (2), and Sweden (3), according to information from public sources.

A number of probable cases have also been reported from across the region, but are still under investigation. The majority of confirmed cases have a history of travel to southern African countries, with some having taken connecting flights at other destinations between Africa and Europe. All cases for which there is available information on severity were either asymptomatic or mild. To date, there have been no severe cases and no deaths reported among these cases.

Cases have been reported in 12 countries and territories outside the EU/EEA (Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Israel, Japan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom).