Egypt’s Health Ministry Spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said on Monday that no Omicron cases have been detected in the country so far.
In televised remarks to the “Sada El-Balad” news website, the spokesman added that the measures taken by the state to confront the new variant are not aimed at preventing it, as it will reach every spot around the world.
Moreover, Abdel Ghaffar stressed that the vaccination of children aged 5 to 12 aims to expand the number of vaccinated citizens across the country and to provide a healthy and safe environment.
“The strength and transmissibility of the new Omicron variant have not been proven, yet the Egyptian health capabilities can deal with it,” the spokesman affirmed.
The total number of COVID-19-related deaths has now reached 20, 412 nationwide after the ministry announced 65 deaths.
About 730 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals, raising the total number of fully-recovered cases to 296,897.