Omicron Covid Variant: Israel Imposes Travel Ban For Foreigners

Omicron Covid Variant: Israel Imposes Travel Ban For Foreigners
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As we already reported, the Omicron covid variant is the new threat that’s lurking around the corner all over the world.

As if the novel coronavirus did not cause enough pain and drama, new variants continue to emerge. 

Israel will ban foreigners from entering the country 

It’s been just revealed by BBC that Israel is to ban foreigners from entering the country for 14 days and use surveillance to halt the spread of the new Covid variant, local media report.

The same article posted by BBC notes that the ban is expected to come into effect at midnight on Sunday, following full cabinet approval.

 

It’s also extremely important to note the fact that Israel has so far confirmed one case of the potentially more infectious Omicron variant first detected in South Africa.

Many countries have since banned travel to South Africa and its neighbors.

BBC also notes that South Africa has complained that it is being punished – instead of applauded – for discovering Omicron earlier this month.

 

The WHO has warned the new variant is “of concern”, and the reps had early evidence suggesting a higher re-infection risk.

It’s been also revealed that the WHO has warned against countries hastily imposing travel restrictions, saying they should look to a “risk-based and scientific approach”.

The novel coronavirus sees many mutations

The Wall Street Journal just noted that the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant was recently identified in South Africa.

It seems that this has virologists and health authorities on edge because of its many mutations, but much about its infectiousness and virulence remains unknown.

“Scientists said some of the roughly 50 mutations on the new variant, called B.1.1.529, could potentially render it more transmissible or reduce vaccine effectiveness.”

Check out more relevant news about the novel coronavirus and the terrible disease that it can trigger. 


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Rada Mateescu

Passionate about subjects from the science and health-related areas, Rada has been blogging for about ten years and at Health Thoroughfare, she's covering the latest news on these niches.

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