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Sun Nov 28, 2021, 06:31 AM

Australia finds omicron, Israel bans foreign travelers

Source: AP

By GEIR MOULSON and ZEN SOO

BERLIN (AP) — Australia on Sunday became the latest country to detect the omicron variant of the coronavirus in travelers who arrived from southern Africa, while Israel decided to bar entry to foreign nationals — the toughest of a growing raft of curbs imposed by nations around the world as they scramble to slow its spread.

Confirmed or suspected cases of the new variant have already emerged in several European countries, in Israel and in Hong Kong, just days after it was identified by researchers in South Africa. The “act first, ask questions later” approach reflected growing alarm about the emergence of a potentially more contagious variant nearly two years into a pandemic that has killed more than 5 million people, upended lives and disrupted economies across the globe.

While much remains to be learned about the new variant, researchers are concerned that it may be more resistant to the protection provided by vaccines and could mean that the pandemic lasts for longer than anticipated.

Israel moved to ban entry by foreigners and mandate quarantine for all Israelis arriving from abroad.



Travelers walk with their luggage in the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Israel on Sunday approved barring entry to foreign nationals and the use of controversial technology for contact tracing as part of its efforts to clamp down on a new coronavirus variant. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-travel-lifestyle-health-hong-kong-5a69ebe19fba0e652a8174955a730780

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 28, 2021, 09:31 AM

1. I really hope that the drug manufacturers can find a medication for the virus because it seems like

vaccines are only a stop gap.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 28, 2021, 12:31 PM

2. Pfizer already has what appears to be a highly effective medication.

It just needs to be approved.

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Sun Nov 28, 2021, 01:12 PM

3. Hopefully it works out then and there are no potentially life threatening complications from it.

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