Covid-19: Israel bans entry of all foreigners over deadly Omicron variant

Covid-19: Israel bans entry of all foreigners over deadly Omicron variant
Image: Pexels

Israeli authorities said that they would ban the entry of all foreigners into their country.

This makes it the first country to close its borders completely in the wake of a potentially more contagious Omicron variant. The novel coronavirus has been detected in South Africa.

Not only this, Israel asserted that it would also reintroduce counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology to contain the spread of Omicron.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett‘s statement that the ban, pending government approval, would last 14 days.

Now the officials are hoping that within that period there will be more information on how effective the COVID-19 vaccines are against the Omicron variant.

Moreover, it was first detected in South Africa and has been labelled as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Meanwhile, Israelis entering the country, including the vaccinated ones, will be required to quarantine, PM Bennett said. And, the ban will come into effect at midnight between Sunday and Monday.

Taking the help of technology, Shin Bet domestic security agency’s phone-tracking system will be used to locate carriers of the Omicron variant in Israel.

Besides, Israel has confirmed one case of the variant and seven suspected cases.

The Omicron variant which was first detected in South Africa has also been detected in Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany and Britain.

It has sparked global concern and a fresh wave of travel curbs globally. Furthermore, it could take more time for the scientists to fully understand the Omicron’s mutations and whether the existing vaccines will be effective against it or not.


ALSO READ |Omicron: Why The New Coronavirus Strain Is So Scary? Know All About The B.1.1.529 Variant