Covid re-outbreak: Saudi Arabia bans citizens from 16 countries including India

Covid re-outbreak: Saudi Arabia bans citizens from 16 countries including India

Just after the re-outbreak of Covid-19, Saudi Arabia has banned its citizens from travelling to sixteen countries, including India. There has been a rapid surge in the number of daily Covid infections over the past few weeks.

These sixteen countries where the citizens of Saudi Arabia are banned to travel apart from India include Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Indonesia, Vietnam, Armenia, Belarus, and Venezuela.

Coronavirus cases are rising once again in India including Delhi. It is the Omicron variant and its sub-types that are driving the Covid surge in Delhi, as per the government.

Some of the samples have shown the presence of BA.2.12.1 and eight other subtypes of Omicron. These findings were based on the genome sequencing of samples.

Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) in February had said that the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron is more transmissible than the BA.1 strain.

It is to be noted here that the WHO has put five subtypes of Omicron on its watch list – BA.1, BA.1.1, BA.2, BA.4, BA.5.

India recorded a jump of nearly 90 per cent in daily Covid cases this week. As per the health ministry data, India registered 2,183 fresh infections on Monday.

This is for the first time after nearly a month when India registered more than 2,000 cases in a day.

India Covid cases

India covid cases

India reported a rise of 1,150 Covid cases on Sunday and four deaths from across the country.

This contributed to a worrying trend that has also been witnessed in Delhi. Notably, this comes just after India did away with the mask mandate.

Delhi has been witnessing a steady spike in daily Covid-19 cases. As many as 1,009 new patients were reported just a day ago.

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