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Health authorities in the Czech Republic are investigating a suspected case of the Omicron variant in a traveler who recently arrived from Namibia, the Czech National Institute of Public Health said on Saturday in an emailed statement to CNN.

The institute said a PCR test indicated the infection may have been caused by the Omicron variant, but added that full sample sequencing must be done in order to confirm this. He indicated that the sequencing work is in progress.

If confirmed, this would be the first case of the potentially more transmissible new variant in the Czech Republic.

The Czech government has also imposed a travel ban on foreign travelers from eight African countries. As of November 27 at midnight local time, foreign travelers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique will not be allowed into Czech Republic, according to the government’s website.

Czech citizens and permanent residents returning to the Czech Republic are allowed to come but will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

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