No reported cases of new COVID-19 variant JN.1 in Egypt: Official

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Dec 2023

No cases of the Omicron coronavirus subvariant, known as JN.1, have been reported in Egypt so far, Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din, presidential adviser for health affairs, said in a TV comment on Sunday evening.

Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din
Egypt s Presidential Adviser for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din


However, Tag El-Din stressed that it is still possible for the variant, which was first detected in the US and currently prevails in other nations, to arrive in Egypt.

Coronavirus has not disappeared yet; its variants continue to emerge from time to time, he underscored.

Egypt is currently only witnessing an increase in respiratory infections, ranging between minor and moderate cases, which are normal at this point of the year, Tag El-Din said.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the JN.1 coronavirus strain as a "variant of interest," noting that its risk to public health remains low.

The JN.1 has been spotted in 41 countries as of mid-December, the WHO added.

The new subvariant now makes up 44.2 percent of COVID-19 cases in the US, causing almost half of the infections nationwide, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

The symptoms of the new variant are cough, fever or chills, body aches, congestion, loss of smell and taste, sore throat, and fatigue.

COVID-19 infection rates in Egypt have reached their lowest point since the pandemic began, with no reported deaths since 16 March, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Population Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar said in August.

The pandemic took a heavy toll on Egyptians in 2020-2021 before it subsided in 2022.

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