On Monday, the spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Health (MoH), Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said that Omicron coronavirus strain has not yet been detected in Egypt.
He stressed that all precautionary measures must continue to be followed especially if the strain is discovered in Egypt, and said that the country has banned all travel to and from South Africa until the situation becomes clearer.
Abdel Ghaffar said that the symptoms of the Omicron strain are similar to the original virus, stressing that whoever feels any strange symptoms should contact the specialized doctor, and stay home for two days until they recover.
The spokesman explained that Egypt remains in the midst of its fourth wave of the pandemic, with fluctuating infection rates.
“The peak of the fourth wave will pass once infection rates stabilize and decline,” he said.
“Egypt has a very large amount of various vaccines to speed up the completion of vaccination for different age groups,” he said, explaining that the abundance of vaccines in Egypt prompted the expansion of granting the third booster dose to the most vulnerable groups.