Saudi Health Ministry: No additional measures required for EG.5 coronavirus mutant

Published: Updated:
Enable Read mode
100% Font Size

The Saudi Ministry of Health has emphasized that EG.5, the new coronavirus variant, does not have any noticeable effect on disease rates or severity, and hence it is not required to take additional health measures, Saudi Gazette reported on Wednesday.

In reply to a query about the new mutant, a source at the ministry said: “So far, EG.5 isn’t setting off any alarms as far as disease severity is concerned.”

Read the latest updates in our dedicated coronavirus section.

The ministry is following up the developments of the genetic sequence of the COVID-19, and has monitored several sub-mutants of Omicron, including the EG.5 mutant, through the laboratories of Public Health Authority (Weqaya), the source said.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.


A descendant of Omicron, EG.5 or Eris is already the dominant coronavirus sub-variant, infecting more people than any other single strain. So far, EG.5 isn’t setting off any alarms as far as disease severity is concerned, although early reports showed it may be more transmissible. It has surpassed XBB.1.16, another highly contagious Omicron sub-variant that was in the news just a few months ago.

EG.5 variant is currently the most dominant coronavirus causing strain in the United States. On August 18, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated EG.5 was responsible for 20.6 percent of new infections.

Read more:

SARS-linked coronaviruses infect around 66,000 people a year in Southeast Asia: Study

WHO classifies new COVID-19 ‘variant of interest’

Deep dive: COVID-19 cases on the rise again, EG.5 variant appearing more frequently

Top Content Trending