The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has found a “limited number” of instances of individuals contaminated with the brand new coronavirus variant within the nation, a authorities official mentioned, the primary confirmed instances of a extra contagious COVID-19 mutant within the Gulf area.
Omar al-Hammadi, an official spokesman of the UAE authorities, mentioned at a press briefing on Tuesday that these affected had travelled from overseas, with out specifying from the place or the variety of the instances.
“In light of the emergence of the new emerging strain of the coronavirus in Britain, and in conjunction with the continuous investigations by the health sector, it has been proven that there are limited cases in the country and received from abroad,” he mentioned.
Britain and South Africa have individually reported fast-spreading variants of the coronavirus, prompting some nations to ban journey to the 2 nations amid fears a more-virulent virus may exacerbate strapped well being care programs.
Oman News Agency had reported on Dec. 21 that Omani well being authorities had been inspecting 4 suspected instances of the variant coming from the United Kingdom, citing Health Minister Ahmed al-Saidi. No additional particulars had been accessible.
The UAE has saved its borders and worldwide flights open, whereas neigbouring Saudi Arabia on Monday prolonged a ban on entry to the dominion by air, land and sea for one more week.
Oman reopened its border on Tuesday, whereas Kuwait – which had additionally suspended all industrial flights and closed its land and sea borders till Jan. 1, doesn’t plan to increase the suspension.
UAE on Tuesday reported 1,506 new COVID-19 instances within the final 24 hours, taking the general tally of these contaminated with the virus within the nation to 204,369.
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