“Egypt has decided to suspend direct flights to and from South Africa amid WHO's announcement of a new strain of the omicron coronavirus,” RIA Novosti quoted Saad as saying.

It is also noted that Egypt will begin to conduct additional checks for arriving in the country in transit from some African states.

On November 25, it became known that scientists have identified a new strain of coronavirus in Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong, which could potentially become the most dangerous variant of the coronavirus.

Later it was designated by the Greek letter "omicron".

Kirill Masliev, the head of preventive medicine at EMC, founder of the Heroi Foundation for the support of medical workers, Ph.D.