German authorities have identified the first two confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country.
The two cases, identified in Munich, are two passengers who arrived from Cape Town on Nov. 24, the Bavarian Ministry of Health said in a statement on Saturday.
"The individuals have been in domestic isolation since Nov. 25 following a positive PCR test. Following reports of the new variant, the two individuals had the foresight to arrange for themselves to be tested for the variant,” authorities said.
Fifty other passengers from Friday’s flight are in quarantine, and two foreign citizens who are isolated in a hotel have since tested positive for Covid-19.
“Investigations are underway to determine if they are infected with the Omicron variant,” the ministry said.
Earlier on Saturday: German authorities had identified a “suspected” case of the Omicron variant in Frankfurt from another passenger who returned from South Africa.
The local health department said it should be able to confirm the full sequencing of the virus in this patient on Monday.