SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 23 January 2022, Sunday |

Saudi Arabia detects first case of COVID-19 Omicron variant in Kingdom

According to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Saudi Ministry of Health revealed on Wednesday that a case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant was found in the Kingdom in a person from a North African nation.

The afflicted man and his connections were isolated, and the necessary health measures were carried out. According to the news agency, an epidemiological examination was carried out.

The Kingdom’s Ministry of Health “emphasized the importance of all members of society receiving [COVID-19] vaccine doses and adhering to all precautionary measures, preventive measures, and approved protocols, as well as the importance of those returning from travel adhering to quarantine and laboratory examination instructions for their safety and the safety of all,” according to SPA.

Due to the emergence of the novel COVID-19 strain Omicron, Saudi Arabia stopped flights to and from Malawi, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Comoros on Sunday.

Non-Saudis who come directly or indirectly from the above countries have also been barred from entering the Kingdom, except for those who have spent at least fourteen days in another country whose health procedures comply with Saudi Arabia’s rules regarding entry into the country in accordance with the approved health procedures, according to SPA.

The appearance of COVID-19 variations is the result of failing to meet health-related targets, persons failing to be vaccinated, and a significant lack of measures, according to the official spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health on Sunday.

The amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the Kingdom has surpassed 47 million, with over 22.3 million individuals immunized, according to the spokesperson.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the novel coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 “Omicron,” which was originally discovered in South Africa on November 24.