Taiwan confirms first cases of COVID-19 Omicron variantPeople wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 ride an escalator at a subway station in Taipei, Taiwan, Nov 30, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/I-Hwa Cheng)

TAIPEI— Taiwan confirmed on Saturday (Dec 11) its first cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, found in three people who had arrived from abroad.

The island’s Central Epidemic Command Centre said the infections were found in travellers arriving from Britain, the southern African nation of Eswatini and the United States.

Like all entrants, they were tested on arrival and already subject to two weeks of quarantine.