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Saudi Arabia reports first Omicron case

by Safiyya Usman
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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday confirmed its first case of the new Coronavirus variant Omicron, believed to be the first reported in the Arab world.

The case was detected in a Saudi man who returned from a North African country, Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA reported, citing an official at the Health Ministry.

The official did not name that country.

Earlier, oil-rich Saudi Arabia had banned flights to and from several African countries amid fears of the spread of Omicron.

The Omicron strain has been classified as a “variant of concern’’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO) amid fears that it is more transmissible, although much remains unclear.(dpa/NAN)

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