Omicron Covid variant updates: As the new variant of COVID-19 spreads to new countries, India has canceled its decision to resume international flights from December 15. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said it will notify its decision in due course on the date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passengers airline services to/from India. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said it has detected its first case of the new coronavirus variant Omicron, raising concerns in Tamil Nadu. The kingdom's state-run Saudi Press Agency said the case came from a citizen coming from what it described as a 'North African country'. Meanwhile, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said that the emergence of new variant has understandably captured global attention. At least 23 countries from five of six WHO regions have now reported cases of Omicron, and we expect that number to grow. The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the COVID-19, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and appeared on November 14 in South Africa. It has been declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).