Japan, Israel Bar Foreigners as WHO Flags Global Risk From Omicron

Despite a Drop in Coronavirus Hospitalizations in Los Angeles County, Omicron Spike Remains a Concern.

After a two-year epidemic, the WHO said the Omicron type of coronavirus poses a “very high” worldwide risk of surges.

Scientists say it might take weeks to fully comprehend Omicron, which was discovered in southern Africa. Concerned that it may spread quickly even among vaccinated people, nations have imposed travel bans and other restrictions.


Despite Japan’s announcement to lock its borders to outsiders, financial markets remained calmer on Monday. World Health Organization warned of “serious implications” in certain locations due to the new form of concern Omicron.

So yet, no Omicron-related fatalities have been documented.

Omicron looks to be more transmissible than earlier variations, according to a leading South African infectious disease researcher. According to Professor Salim Abdool Karim, the number of South African cases each day is anticipated to reach 10,000 this week.

He said that it was too early to tell whether symptoms were more severe and that current COVID-19 immunizations likely prevented serious sickness from Omicron.

An early suspect, a South African doctor, claimed Omicron was showing moderate symptoms thus far. A Lisbon football club discovered 13 examples of the variation. On Monday, Scotland and Austria also reported Omicron instances.

Japan, for example, placed preventive travel restrictions.

“These are temporary, unusual precautions we are adopting for safety,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated.

Tests will establish whether a Namibian tourist is Japan’s first Omicron case.
Israeli officials said they will deploy anti-terror phone monitoring technologies to battle the new type.

As a result of the initial Omicron cases, Australia announced it will examine plans to reopen borders to skilled migrants and students on Dec. 1.

From Wednesday, all arrivals from ‘at-risk countries will be tested for Covid-19.
On Monday, US President Joe Biden would disclose more information on the variation and the US reaction, the White House said.

Travel operators in Asia said some customers were considering canceling or postponing vacations, jeopardizing the fragile global tourism rebound.
Restrictions on travel from the area have been described as discriminatory and possibly detrimental to the economy by South Africa.

The WHO advised members to expedite immunization of priority populations and maintain key health services, while altering global travel restrictions depending on risk.
“Covid-19 instances and infections are predicted among vaccinated patients, although in a modest and predictable percentage,” it warned.

Omicron has double the amount of spike protein mutations as the dominant Delta variation.
The Philippines initiated a three-day vaccination campaign against COVID-19 on Monday, including security personnel and thousands of volunteers.

Britain will later announce new recommendations expanding the deployment of Covid-19 booster injections to those under 40 and perhaps lowering the time between second doses and boosters.

Oil and European stock markets rose on Monday, recouping some of Friday’s losses. Märkte had anticipated that governments and central banks would start withdrawing funds needed to keep companies and people afloat throughout the epidemic. A new coronavirus outbreak may mean more help.

ECB head Christine Lagarde reassured investors that the eurozone could handle another pandemic wave.

“There is fear about the economy in 2022, but I think we have learned a lot,” she told RAI late Sunday. “We now know our adversary and our options. We are all better prepared to deal with a fifth wave or Omicron variation.”

President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that he had gotten a booster injection as France ramps up its immunization program.

As of December 2019, the new coronavirus has killed 5,456,515 individuals across 210 nations, according to Reuters.