New coronavirus variant Omicron keeps spreading, Australia detects cases

Two passengers who arrived in Sydney from Southern Africa on Saturday evening had tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Both people were asymptomatic, fully vaccinated and in quarantine.

2021-11-28 05:22:00 PM

Two passengers who arrived in Sydney from Southern Africa on Saturday evening had tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Both people were asymptomatic, fully vaccinated and in quarantine.

Two passengers who arrived in Sydney from Southern Africa on Saturday evening had tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Both people were asymptomatic, fully vaccinated and in quarantine.

In the most far-reaching effort to keep the variant at bay, Israel announced late on Saturday it would ban the entry of all foreigners and reintroduce counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology to contain the spread of the variant.Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the ban, pending government approval, would last 14 days. Officials hope that within that period there will be more information on how effective vaccines are against Omicron.

Many countries have imposed or are planning restrictions on travel from Southern Africa. The SA government denounced this on Saturday as unfair and potentially harmful to its economy — saying it is being punished for its scientific ability to identify coronavirus variants early.

In Britain, where two linked cases of Omicron identified on Saturday were connected to travel to Southern Africa, the government announced measures to try to contain the spread, including stricter testing rules for people arriving in the country and requiring mask wearing in some settings.

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British health minister Sajid Javid said on Sunday he expected to receive advice imminently on whether the government can broaden a programme of providing booster shots to fully vaccinated people, to try to weaken the impact of the variant.The German state of Bavaria also announced two confirmed cases of the variant on Saturday. In Italy, the National Health Institute said a case of the new variant had been detected in Milan in a person coming from Mozambique.

Zhong Nanshan, a Chinese respiratory disease expert, said it could take some time to reach a conclusion on the harmfulness of the new variant, state television reported on Sunday.VACCINE DISPARITIESThough epidemiologists say travel curbs may be too late to stop Omicron from circulating, many countries — including the US, Brazil, Canada, EU nations, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Thailand — have announced travel bans or restrictions on Southern Africa.

More countries imposed such curbs on Sunday, including Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.Mexico's deputy health secretary, Hugo Lopez Gatell, said travel restrictions are of little use in response to the new variant, calling measures taken by some countries “disproportionate”.

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“It has not been shown to be more virulent or to evade the immune response induced by vaccines. They affect the economy and wellbeing of people,” he said in a Twitter post on Saturday.Omicron has emerged as many countries in Europe are already battling a surge in Covid-19 infections, with some reintroducing restrictions on social activity to try to stop the spread.

The new variant has also thrown a spotlight on huge disparities in vaccination rates around the globe. Even as many developed countries are giving third-dose boosters, less than 7% of people in low-income countries have received their first Covid-19 shot, according to medical and human rights groups.

Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Vaccine Alliance that with the WHO co-leads the Covax initiative to push for equitable distribution of vaccines, said this was essential to ward off the emergence of more coronavirus variants.“While we still need to know more about Omicron, we do know that as long as large portions of the world’s population are unvaccinated, variants will continue to appear, and the pandemic will continue to be prolonged,” he said in a statement to Reuters on Saturday.

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Fully Vaccinated 🤔🤔🤔 Just say South Africa while you are at it because you want to 🙄 Mxim. Which country in Southern Africa? Might as well go all out and state the country. Fsek, those country already had that variant, they just kept quiet. This nonsense of wanting blame Africa for all these bad thing is kak.

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Two cases of coronavirus Omicron variant detected in BritainBritain announced it had identified two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus a day after the country temporarily banned flights from South Africa and five other countries from Friday over the newly identified variant. So are they gonna ban their own flights from going to other Countries? Just asking.... The most important question would be - Are those people linked in anyway to anyone from the SADC region? Will be doing any coverage of the 'camps' in Aust? Something about them seems familiar..... Hmmmmmm....

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Australia detects cases of the new coronavirus variant as Omicron keeps spreadingTwo passengers in Sydney from Southern Africa test positive, with both asymptomatic and fully vaccinated good. Shouldn't we impose on Botswana to advise where the 4 overseas visitors who brought omicron into their country came from? Maybe Belgium..? The europeans are freely claiming the variant is from southern africa, it's time for us to fight back.. !

Maldives bans travellers from seven African nations as Australia confirms cases of Omicron coronavirus variantMaldives said it was barring travellers from seven African countries from Sunday over concerns about the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.

World races to contain new COVID-19 variantSeveral European nations announced their first cases of a new coronavirus strain as governments worldwide pulled down the shutters to contain the new Omicron variant. This hype will soon pass, Delta was the Topic and we are now waiting for Omega variant🤔 The world are a bunch of morons, or at least the media houses are.