Covid19 : Saudi Arabia confirms first case of Omicron Variant

Covid19 : Saudi Arabia confirms first case of Omicron Variant

Covid19 : Saudi Arabia confirms first case of Omicron Variant

Saudi Arabia has recorded the Gulf’s first confirmed case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in a citizen returning from North Africa, a health ministry official said Wednesday.

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South African scientists have been praised for first detecting the new variant and alerting global health authorities to it last week. But Omicron has now spread to about 20 other countries, and amid mounting concern that it could be significantly easier to pass from person to person, and that it could have at least some resistance to current treatments and vaccines, many nations have imposed travel restrictions on passengers from southern African nations.

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Gene sequencing of the Omicron variant showed that it had more mutations (43 aa mutations in the spike protein) than the Delta variant (18 mutations) of Covid19.