The first case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant has been detected in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom said on Wednesday.
“One case has been detected in the kingdom of a citizen that came from a north African country,” a Health Ministry official said in a statement to state media.
The person is now in isolation and the appropriate health procedures have been taken, the report said.
“We stress the need for all members of society to complete receiving the coronavirus vaccine doses and to adhere to all precautionary measures," it said.
The kingdom said on Sunday that it was temporarily suspending flights to and from seven African countries due to the outbreak of the strain first detected in southern Africa.
The countries are Malawi, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, Mauritius and Comoros.
Countries around the world have closed off travel and brought in new measures in alarm at the new Omicron strain. Experts and scientists are still studying the mutated strain to assess the threat. The World Health Organisation has already warned it poses a great danger and should be taken seriously.