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The UAE Addresses Highly Transmissible New COVID-19 Variant Omicron

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At an unexpected UAE press briefing on Sunday at 5pm, the UAE addressed the ‘highly transmissible’ new COVID-19 Variant.

This follows the World Health Organization reports that the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, has major genetic mutations which will affect its characteristics and make it potentially more contagious than previous mutations.

‘On 26th November, the situation was declared alarming’

Only a couple of days after being identified in South Africa, cases of the Omicron variant were found in Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Israel and countries around the world are taking immediate measures to curb the spread

Emirates banned flights from several counties in Africa as a precautionary measure against the new Covid-19 variant Omicron.

The NCEMA announced that for adults aged 18 who are vaccinated with either the Pfizer or Sputnik vaccines, a third dose should be taken without delay.

Initially, a third booster of the vaccine was given only to senior citizens.

The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) is reminding everyone to adhere to the necessary precautionary measures of facial masks, hand sanitizers and social distancing

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