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FILE – Funeral home staff pull a coffin onto a cart as they arrive at the University Emergency Hospital mortuary to take a COVID-19 victim for burial, in Bucharest, Romania, on Monday, November 8, 2021. This was supposed to be the Christmas in Europe where the family could And friends will once again embrace each other’s festive celebrations. Instead, the continent is the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic with cases rising to record levels in many countries. With infection rates rising again despite nearly two years of restrictions, the health crisis is increasingly pitting the citizen against the vaccinated against the unvaccinated. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)
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.
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