Health Protection Agency HPA says it would be announcing more measures against the COVID 'variant of concern, Omicron' today.

The Agency said that Heath Emergency Operations Center HEOC Spokesperson Dr. Fathimath Nazla Rafeeq will meet the media today at 13:00 pm to give the latest updates on the measures taken to safeguard against the new variant of concern: Omicron.

This comes after the Maldives banned travelers from 7 southern African nations including South Africa where the new variant was first detected.

The other countries include Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Estiwani.

HPA had said that this includes travelers who had been in these countries within the last 14 days as well as those who had spent more than 12 hours transit at these countries.

The Agency had also said that locals and work visa holders who had been in these countries within the last 14 days or had spent 12 hours at transit at these countries must complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

HPA had said that they would only be released from their 14-day quarantine with a negative COVID PCR test.

Yesterday, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had said that the new variant is a concern for the Maldives and that it was contemplating new measures against the variant that is supposed to be more infectious.