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Cases of EG.5 coronavirus strain confirmed in Kuwait


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The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed cases of the new EG.5 coronavirus mutant in Kuwait.

The ministry advised citizens to avoid people who show symptoms, while stressing that the emergence of mutants is expected and should not cause concern, as they are a common feature of viruses.

The new variant is one of the sub-mutants of the Omicron variant, the ministry added, and was detected in about 50 countries around the world.

There is no scientific evidence yet that the new variant is more dangerous than others, though it has been rapidly spreading in some regions around the world.

No infections thus far have been reported inside Egypt of the newest coronavirus mutant, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said in a telephone conversation with journalist Mohamed Ali Khair, on the Al-Mehwar satellite channel.

The Ministry of Health is fully aware of all reports received regarding the new coronavirus mutant, Eg5, which has recently spread through the US and infected 3,000 people, he added.

He assured that the ministry is communicating with the World Health Organization to monitor the latest updates of this strain.

The Eg5 mutant is no more severe than the Omicron, but spreads in a wider rate, he said.

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