Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Health Dr. Tawfig bin Fawzan AlRabiah confirmed on Monday during a TV interview with ‘Al-Ikhbariyah channel’ that the recently emerged variant mutant strain of the COVID-19 is currently under study and closely followed up.
The Health Minister also pointed out to the keenness of the wise leadership of the Kingdom, through taking all related appropriate precautionary measurements, against that backdrop, including the ban of travelling in order to assess the situation and understand the impact of such a mutant on the Coronavirus.
He explained that the mutant is not more ferocious or severe than the current Coronavirus, indicating that the efficacy and effectiveness of the vaccines at avail, probably would not be affected by such mutation, and as such the situation is carrying good tidings.
Assessment of how quickly the variant mutant strain spreads, is still under study, he elaborated to conclude.
Worth mentioning Saudi Arabia has suspended all international commercial flights for a week amid reports of the appearance of a new mutated strain of coronavirus in a number of European countries.
The Kingdom has also decided to close its land as sea borders. The suspension of international travel except for emergency cases, which is part of the precautionary measures; seeking to ensure the health and safety of citizens, can be extended by one more week; according to the source.