PARIS, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The French Health Ministry said
late on Friday there were 12 confirmed cases of the Omicron
variant of the coronavirus in the mainland of France, up from
nine reported earlier in the day.
The new variant - which the World Health Organization said
carries a "very high" risk of infection - could become the
dominant strain of the virus in France by the end of January,
according to the government's top scientific adviser.
France is currently grappling with a fifth wave of COVID-19
disease, which has strained the country's hospital system.
(Reporting by Miriam Spencer and Myriam Rivet; Editing by Sudip
Kar-Gupta and Sonya Hepinstall)