BRUSSELS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Forty-two cases of the COVID-19
Omicron variant have been confirmed in 10 European Union
countries, the head of the EU's public health agency said on
Authorities in the 27-nation EU were analysing another six
"probable" cases, Andrea Ammon, who chairs the European Centre
for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC), told an online
conference organised by the EU's Slovenian presidency.
She said the confirmed cases were mild or without symptoms,
although in younger age groups.
"For the assessment whether it (Omicron) escapes immunity,
we still have to wait until the investigations in the
laboratories with sera from people who have recovered have been
carried out. These are expected in a couple of weeks," she said.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Alex Richardson
and Timothy Heritage)