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Coronavirus: Israel confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant and prohibits the entry of foreigners for two weeks

Israel closes its borders to all foreigners for two weeks to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of covid-19, of which there is already a first case in the country.

The inter-ministerial coronavirus cabinet met this Saturday urgently for more than three hours and decided to close airports to international flights from around the world, as well as reimpose mandatory quarantine on returning Israelis, reports the EFE agency.

The Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday a first case of contagion with the new strain – an Israeli citizen from Malawi – and at the moment there are at least seven other suspected cases of infection with the Omicron variant.

The concern spreads throughout the European Union, which has already decided to suspend flights with seven southern African countries.

There are already confirmed cases in at least seven European countries. Israel is joined by Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Belgium.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday a tightening of entry measures into his country.

“We will ask anyone entering the UK to pass a PCR test two days after arrival and isolate yourself until you have the result“, detailed Johnson.

Until now, reports the AFP agency, an antigen test was only required two days after the arrival of travelers, and isolation was not required until the results were obtained.

This Saturday it was also confirmed that 61 passengers on two flights from South Africa they tested positive for coronavirus upon arrival at Schiphol airport in the city of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. It was later reported that they are all of the Omicron variant.

For its part, Belgium notified the confirmation of the first local case of the new version of the coronavirus.

Germany confirmed this Saturday its first two detected cases of the omicron variant in two travelers arriving in Munich from South Africa, while Italy detected a contagion of this new strain in a person from Mozambique.

Then Israel and the Czech Republic joined the list.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that this variant is “worrisome”, like the currently dominant Delta and those previously detected.

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