The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has confirmed its first case of the Covid-19 variant Omicron in the UAE.
The person who tested positive had recently travelled into the UAE from overseas. They were fully vaccinated and weren’t displaying any symptoms.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is concerned that the Omicron variant could pose a threat. They’ve suggested it could spread faster than other variants but have stressed: “this is based on current preliminary information that requires further research and investigation”.
The UAE has already cancelled flights from several countries due to the new Omicron variant.
Emirates cancels flights from seven African countries
Emirates are trying to contain the spread of a new strain of Covid-19 that could be vaccine-resistant by stopping flights from seven African countries.
Emirates has suspended all passenger flights from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The new variant has is the most heavily mutated version discovered so far.
The B.1.1.529 variant has now been called Omicron by the World Health Organisation.
The flight ban starts from Monday, November 29 and will remain in place until further notice. The flight ban also includes transit passengers.