Kai Klose, the Minister of State for Social Affairs and Integration for Hesse, tweeted: “It is very likely that the #Omicron variant has already arrived in Germany.”
He added: “Last night, several mutations typical of Omicron were found in a person returning from South Africa.
“So the suspicion is strong and the person has been isolated at home. The complete sequencing is still pending.”
He appealed: “Please protect yourself and those around you.
“If you have returned from southern Africa in the last week, limit your contacts and get tested!”