Jerusalem24 – The Director General of the Palestinian Health Ministry in Jenin Dr. Wissam Sbeihat has said in an interview on Ma’an TV, “We are on the verge of a rise in the infection index with the Corona virus, especially with the new Omicron variant.”
Sbehat indicated that the Ministry of Health is looking at the epidemiological situation with great concern and caution by virtue of documenting infections in some governorates of the country with the new mutation.
He added that the new variant began to spread in more than 90 countries around the world, and a large proportion of these infections in Palestine were for returnees from abroad. In addition to those who socialized with them from friends and families.
With regards to the Omicron, Sbeihat said, “we are at the gates of the fifth wave, especially since some countries have officially announced their entry into this wave.”
He added, “scientists are still studying the new variant and until this moment there is no complete study or the extent of the effect of the vaccine. However, what has been scientifically proven is that you can protect yourself from this variant.”
In a statement released today, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Kamal Al-Shakhrah, announced that the number of people infected with the Omicron variant has risen to 17, all of them without severe symptoms.
In the statement, he said that the documented cases are for 9 citizens who came in from abroad and 8 people who have been in contact with them; all of whom are quarantined.
Al-Shakhra appealed to citizens to adhere to preventive measures and receive the vaccine. He also told people to who suspect they have symptoms to adher to home quarantine and conduct the necessary tests.