The ministry has urged people to avoid going to work if they have symptoms of illness, whenever possible.
The general public is being asked to remain alert and consider wearing masks in crowded areas.
This new variant is more contagious, but less aggressive.
A spokesman said he expected EU countries will recognize the COVID passes issued to trial participants in other countries in the bloc.
Since November infections have climbed without interruption.
Covid-19 cases for Wednesday December 29, 2021.
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