Saudi Arabia confirmed its first incidence of the COVID-19 omicron variant on a passenger arriving from a North African nation on Wednesday. The traveler, a Saudi national, and those with whom he came into contact have been segregated reports the local press.
This isn’t just the first case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Saudi Arabia but it’s the first reported one in the entire Middle East and North African region.
The ministry while ramping up measures to tackle the omicron variant has encouraged all residents to complete their vaccinations. They’ve announced a press conference for 3:35 PM today with all the latest developments on this case.
مؤتمر صحفي استثنائي لمستجدات فيروس كورونا (كوفيد-19) بخصوص متحور (أوميكرون) اليوم الأربعاء الموافق 1 ديسمبر 2021عند الساعة 3:35 عصراً pic.twitter.com/b4qeGpvCYB
— وزارة الصحة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) December 1, 2021
On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the extensively mutated omicron coronavirus strain was likely to spread internationally, posing a very high risk of infection surges with “serious repercussions” in some areas.