Egypt bans flights from 7 African countries over new COVID-19 variant

Egypt decided to suspend flights from seven countries in southern Africa

  
Security personnel check passengers at the Capital International Airport, a new airport built for Egypt's new capital, known as the New Administrative Capital (NAC), east of Cairo, Egypt July 9, 2019.

Security personnel check passengers at the Capital International Airport, a new airport built for Egypt's new capital, known as the New Administrative Capital (NAC), east of Cairo, Egypt July 9, 2019.

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ArabFinance: Egypt is among a growing number of countries moving to prevent the newly-discovered Omicron covid variant Omicron from arriving on its shores, the cabinet announced in a recent statement.

Accordingly, Egypt decided to suspend flights from seven countries in southern Africa, where the World Health Organization said the strain originated and is currently spreading.

Direct flights between Egypt and South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini have been suspended and travelers arriving in Egypt from the countries via indirect flights will face additional precautionary measures.

Travellers coming from these countries to Egypt for transit or as a final destination will have to take a rapid covid test.

However, health officials have not yet detected any Omicron cases in Egypt.

It is worth noting that the Ministry of Health reported 931 new covid-19 infections on November 27th, raising the total number to 355,767 confirmed cases.

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