Paris On Monday, French authorities are awaiting laboratory confirmation of eight suspected cases of the new coronavirus, which include people who have recently traveled to South Africa.

Tests already conducted determined that the travelers tested positive for the virus but not for one of the previous variants. Follow-up genetic testing was done to see if they had the new omicron variant.

The Health Ministry said Sunday night that results could take several days.

If confirmed, it would be France’s first known cases of the omicron variant.