NCDC: Libya remains free from Omicron variant at the moment

NCDC: Libya remains free from Omicron variant at the moment

December 20, 2021 - 17:15
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The Head of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has allayed fears of an Omicron variant in the country, confirming that Laboratories have not detected any positive case of the newest coronavirus variant.

He said that the third booster jab is available to those over the age of 50, people with chronic diseases, and members of the medical staff.

Libya has recorded 592 new cases of Covid-19 and nine fatalities during the past 24 hours, according to the NCDC's update on Monday.

Meanwhile, the WHO said Saturday that the Omicron Variant had been identified in 89 countries, expressing concern that it will soon outpace the Delta variant where community transmission occurs.

"Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant in countries with documented community transmission, with a doubling time between 1.5-3 days, the WHO said in its latest update.

The NCDC had advised Libyans not to travel to countries that have detected Omicron cases and urged those entering the country to self-quarantine for at least ten days.