The new variant of the corona virus, Omigron, spread around the world on Sunday, with 13 cases detected, particularly in the Netherlands, causing concern and prompting more and more countries to close their borders to foreigners again.
The epidemic has already killed more than five million lives worldwide since the end of 2019, and the arrival of the Omicron variant last week was considered “worrying” by the World Health Organization.
Was identified in South Africa, which prompted many countries to close their borders to South Africa when it was sometimes reopened to the world.
In the Netherlands, thirteen passengers from South Africa arrived in Amsterdam on Friday and were found to be positive for Covit-19, health officials announced Sunday.
Israel, which has confirmed a case for a traveler returning from Malawi, will ban foreigners from entering on Sunday evening and even impose PCR testing and isolation on its vaccinated citizens.
In Denmark, two cases of contamination by a new variant among travelers from South Africa were announced on Sunday.
In Australia, authorities discovered the Omicron variant on two vaccinated passengers from South Africa who arrived the day before Sydney via Doha, the same day Australia closed the borders to nine South African countries.
In addition to Israel and Australia, there are Omnigran variants in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and many European countries (Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic).
A third passenger from South Africa – the vaccinator – was confirmed as a carrier in Berlin on Sunday. The UK has also announced a third case.
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In France, Health Minister Oliver Vernon estimates it will take “very few hours” to detect the Omigran variant.
The new variant B.1.1.529 indicates the “highest to highest” risk to Europe, according to the European Union Health Organization.
Prior to its emergence, the continent faced an epidemic of delta variation, and the re-establishment of health restrictions, as in the Netherlands, the French Antilles or Switzerland, was not always acceptable. Nevertheless, the country mostly checks the Govt pass on Sunday.
In Austria, tens of thousands of people marched this weekend against vaccination duty.
According to the WHO panel, the Omigran variant presents a “higher risk of recurrence” compared to other species, including delta, which is dominant and already highly contagious. The world has never been so anxious since Delta appeared.
On all continents, especially in Europe, many states cover themselves from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, but also from South African countries such as Zambia, Malawi or Angola. They have tightened the entry rules for all passengers.
On Sunday, Angola, which was blacklisted by the United Kingdom, became the first South African country to land its flights in the region.
The Philippines has announced it will suspend flights from countries where the variant has been detected.
In the United Kingdom, new regulations will come into force on Tuesday, including re-wearing of masks and tightening of entry procedures.
Saudi Arabia has extended its list of countries suspending its annexation to 14. Kuwait and Qatar – a major airline – have announced restrictions on nine and five African countries, respectively.
As for Morocco, it announced on Sunday that it would suspend all direct flights for two weeks.
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In the United States, which reopened to the world in early November, borders will be closed from Monday for travelers from eight countries in South Africa.
On the vaccine manufacturers’ side, Pfizer / Bioentech, Moderna and NovaVax, such as AstrogenGena, have demonstrated their ability to fight omigran strain.
It will take “several weeks” to understand the spread of the new variant and the extent of the virus, however, a WHO spokesman said Friday.
The head of the European Commission, Ursula van der Leyen, estimated that it would take “two to three weeks” for laboratories to decide whether to modify vaccines, and called for a doubling of health precautions to “beat the time” in Riga on Sunday. This “competition against time”.
In the immediate future, the president of the South African Medical Association, which has treated about 30 cases of the new variant, said Sunday that these patients are suffering from “mild symptoms.”
“I’m not saying there will be no serious illnesses” but “so far, even patients who have not been vaccinated have milder symptoms,” said Dr. Angelique Coates.
About 54% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the Govt-19 vaccine, but only 5.6% in low – income countries, according to our World Database.
In South Africa, the most affected country on the continent, only 23.8% of the population is fully vaccinated.
This variation also raises fears of a global economic recovery after Friday, the black day for oil prices and stock indices.