As the UAE witnesses a new wave of Covid-19 with a record of 2,234 cases this Wednesday, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, warned and reassured the country about the new Omicron variant.
Sheikh Mohammed announced from a Qasr Al Bahr Majlis, where he met with Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the leader of the International Automobile Federation, that people should be careful and take care of their families, emphasizing that this wave will pass. “You all know that coronavirus comes in waves, and this wave, thank God, is the weakest and less fatal, but the most and fastest spread. And these numbers may possibly increase because of the rapid spread,” Sheikh Mohamed said.
He warned the UAE about rising cases, but also reassured the public that according to more experienced people, the new variant has already begun to weaken. “God willing, we will be able to control it with your efforts and those of your brothers in the country, and by taking precautions.”
The UAE has recorded a total of 757,145 since the pandemic began, with increasing PCR tests taken scoring up to 448,050 cases over the last 24 hours. As no deaths were recorded, the death toll remained at a constant of 2,160, while 774 beat the virus.
The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa, and has been spreading around the world at a rapid rate with an unusual amount of mutations. Although cases and infections are booming, hospitalized cases are relevantly low, with a low rate of deaths.