466 new Omicron cases recorded Wednesday

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A health worker holds a COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine vial. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Health announced Wednesday that Jordan recorded 466 new cases of the COVID-19 variant Omicron, with Ministry of Health Secretary-General of Epidemiological Affairs Adel Al-Belbisi saying that the Omicron caseload has reached 794.اضافة اعلان

Also Wednesday, member of the National Epidemiological Committee Bassam Hijjawi said that the decision to reduce home quarantine for Omicron patients to less than 10 days was postponed because there is no scientific evidence that the incubation period for Omicron is less than for the Delta variant, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.

However, Hijjawi also said that the committee did not find conclusive evidence that Omicron is more dangerous, adding that it affects younger people more.

According to Minister of Health Firas Al-Hawari, "the majority of those infected with the new variant are vaccinated and comes from outside Jordan”; he said that these people showed mild symptoms, and “none of them required hospitalization”.

Meanwhile, Ammon News quoted Jordan Food and Drug Administration as saying that Pfizer has not submitted an accreditation request for it anti-COVID drug Paxlovid, and that once the drug is received, it will give it priority assessment.

The US Food and Drug Administration recently granted Pfizer a permit for temporary use of its first oral COVID-19 virus treatment.

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