Kuwait Reports First Omicron Variant Infection

Kuwait on Wednesday detected its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in a traveler who just returned to the country.

The Public Health Ministry Spokesman, Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad said that the Omicron-positive person was a traveler coming from one of African countries.

The traveler had received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine and now under institutional quarantine according to health protocols, Al-Sanad said.

The traveler was informed of necessary precautions taken by the country’s health ministry due to the surge in new cases of Omicron variant in several nations.

Currently, the pandemic situation in Kuwait is stable, Al-Sanad said, calling on the citizens and residents to take the booster vaccine shot.

Furthermore, the Kuwait health ministry said that the COVID-19 vaccines is also effective against the Omicron variant.

This is as the World Health Organization said that the Covid-19 Omicron variant has been reported in 57 nations and the number of patients needing hospitalization is likely to rise as it spreads.

The WHO, in its weekly epidemiological report, said more data was needed to assess the severity of disease caused by the Omicron variant and whether its mutations might reduce protection from vaccine-derived immunity.


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