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Egyptian Ministry of Health denies discovery of omicron variant in the country

  • CAIRO: The Egyptian Ministry of Health on Tuesday dismissed as rumors reports that two people infected with the newly discovered omicron coronavirus variant had been found on a flight arriving from Ethiopia. Spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said: “This is not true. Egypt is still free of the ne...
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Israel reports subvariant of Delta coronavirus strain

  • JERUSALEM: Israel has confirmed a case of a sub-variant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus previously reported in some European countries, the health ministry said. “The variant AY 4.2. that has been discovered in a number of countries in Europe has been identified in Israel,” a ministry s...
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How the coronavirus’ delta variant disrupted Middle East’s ‘return to normal’ plans

  • DUBAI: Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with low rates of vaccination against COVID-19 have been experiencing an explosion of new cases and fatalities linked to the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant. Worldwide, the variant has been detected in at...
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Kuwait reports new cases with Indian variant of coronavirus

  • DUBAI: The Kuwaiti Health Ministry announced Monday that it is monitoring some cases in the country that have been infected with the Indian variant of coronavirus.  Health ministry spokesman Abdullah Al-Sanad said it has been proven that some cases of the coronavirus Delta variant, ...
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Israel to ban entry of foreigners from all countries over Omicron

  • JERUSALEM: Israel on Saturday said it would ban the entry of all foreigners into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in response to a new and potentially more contagious coronavirus variant, and said it would use counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology in...
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First omicron coronavirus case detected in Gaza Strip

  • GAZA: The Palestinian Health Ministry said on Sunday it had identified the first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in the Gaza Strip. The carrier is a Gaza resident who was infected within the coastal territory, ministry official Majdi Dhair told a news conference. Dhair said this meant...
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Tunisia records first case of omicron variant

  • TUNIS: Tunisia recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in a Congolese man who arrived from Istanbul, the health minister said Friday. Ali Mrabet said the 23-year-old man tested positive and all fellow travelers on his flight from Turkey were contacted by Tun...
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Kuwait detects first case of omicron COVID-19 variant

  • LONDON: Kuwait has detected its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, state news agency KUNA reported on Wednesday. The variant was detected in a European traveler who arrived to Kuwait from an African country where the variant had been detected, KUNA reported, citing a health ...
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First omicron case detected in Gaza

  • GAZA: The Palestinian health ministry said on Sunday it had identified the first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in the Gaza Strip. The carrier is a Gaza resident who was infected within the coastal territory, ministry official Majdi Dhair told a news conference. Dhair said this meant...
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Turkey lifts PCR requirement for unvaccinated in some areas

  • ISTANBUL: Turkey will no longer require unvaccinated individuals to take a PCR test for COVID-19 before using planes, buses or other transportation, or before attending events such as concerts, plays or movies, the state-owned Anadolu Agency said on Saturday. Citing the Interior Ministry, Anad...
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