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MOH Spokesman: Omicron Variant Detected in 70 countries
12 December 2021

The MOH spokesman, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdulaali, said that the pandemic is still prevalent worldwide, and an increase in the number of cases across several regions of the world is observed.  
The Omicron variant has been detected in 70 countries; however, studies do not deem it to be more virulent than the regular strain. 

 Initial information on the Omicron variant is represented in a few main points. It is not indicated to be more virulent, the COVID-19 vaccines are still just as effective against it, and getting fully vaccinated offers protection from severe illness. Additionally, the booster shot provides extra protection and prevents the transmission of the variant. Dr. Al-Abdulaali added that top-level studies are being conducted to provide the public with reliable information and take the necessary measures based on an accurate scientific methodology.

Over 48 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given to people across the Kingdom. Nearly 22.8 million people have completed their vaccination, which is reassuring. Dr. Al-Abdulaali noted that adhering to the preventive measures and staying aware are two things that act as a safety valve for the community. He called on everyone to adhere to the precautionary measures and get fully vaccinated to prevent further spread of the virus, as well as get a booster shot to enhance their immunity, especially as the variant becomes more prevalent. 

Al-Abdulaali revealed that 51 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Kingdom, bringing the total to 550,240. These include 1,910 active cases, still receiving medical care. Their health status is mostly stable, with the exception of 29 critical cases. 

The MOH spokesman made this statement in the COVID-19 briefing held on Sunday, with the participation of the spokesman of the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing, Saif Al-Suwailem. Al-Abdulaali mentioned that 68 COVID-19 recoveries were reported, bringing the total number of recoveries to 539,477 to date. A new mortality was reported, bringing the total to 8,853.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing, Saif Al-Suwailem, said that the Kingdom has eased the precautionary measures after a decline in the number of cases was observed in the Kingdom. For instance, wearing face masks is no longer mandatory in open areas, and the required social distance among individuals in public places is now less. Additionally, weddings and other events are allowed to be celebrated in halls and venues that are supervised by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing.

He pointed out that field oversight rounds by the municipal sector are implemented. The secretariats of the regions and sub-municipalities have intensified their inspection visits to markets, commercial establishments, and wedding halls. Several violations of the preventive measures were found, with a somewhat reassuring compliance rate recorded.

Last Update : 13 December 2021 09:28 AM
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