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Taiwan reports 1st cases of omicron coronavirus variant

3 infected people were travelers from U.S., U.K. and Eswatini

Taiwanese disease control authorities said the three omicron cases among travelers were unlikely to lead to community spread of the variant.   © Reuters

TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Taiwan on Saturday reported the first infections with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, in three people arriving from outside the island.    

The island's Central Epidemic Command Center said the cases are unlikely to lead to community infections as they were discovered on the border.    

The three, two Taiwanese and one American, had arrived from Eswatini in southern Africa, Britain and the U.S.. They have been in quarantine.    

All 10 others who were sitting near the person arriving from Eswatini on the same flight have tested negative for the virus, according to the center.

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