CAIRO- 2 December 2021: EgyptAir announced the suspension of its flights to and from Toronto, Canada, starting from Thursday, December 2, until further notice.
The decision was announced after Canada had barred the entry of people arriving from Egypt, in light of the precautionary measures taken to confront the spread of the mutated Omicron.
The company called on its customers traveling from and to Toronto to review their bookings and amend their flight schedules by calling the Customer Service Center 1717 in Egypt or throughout EgyptAir’s offices in Egypt and around the world.
Three days ago, Presidential Health Adviser Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din announced that Egypt did not record any cases with the Omicron variant until now.
He added in televised statements that mutations and changes in viruses are ‘very natural’, whether the virus was coronavirus or any other virus.
He noted that: “Scientifically, when an individual’s personal immunity is formed with repeated infection or by receiving vaccinations, them the virus as a living organism is trying to defend itself and mutates. This is a very normal thing.”
“No matter how coronavirus has mutated. As long as we didn’t notice changes in the rates of the virus spread or symptoms and their severity, no need to concern about it.” Tag El-Din said.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the only two Middle East countries that announced the first cases of Omicron variant so far.
Egypt's Health Ministry said 938 new coronavirus cases were detected on Wednesday, upping the total number of infections since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country to 359,516.
In a statement, Spokesman for the Health Ministry Houssam Abdel-Ghaffar said 63 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 20,537.
As many as 548 patients were discharged from hospitals after receiving medical care, taking the number of recoveries to 298,084, the spokesman added.