US tightens travel restrictions due to Omicron strain

Source : 112 Ukraine

The government has identified about 80 foreign destinations as the "fourth tier", which is the highest level of transmission of Covid-19
20:45, 1 December 2021

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The United States is tightening travel restrictions because of the spread of the Omicron strain, Reuters reports.

"The United States is moving to require that all air travellers entering the country show a negative COVID-19 test performed within one day of departure," the message reads.

It is noted that the new requirement for one-day testing will apply to both US and foreign citizens. The administration is also considering whether travelers should be required to take another test within three to five days of arrival.

The government has identified about 80 foreign destinations as the "fourth tier", which is the highest level of transmission of Covid-19.

More and more countries are beginning to restrict the travel of citizens. Japan and Hong Kong have since announced that they will expand travel restrictions, and Malaysia temporarily banned travel from countries that are considered risky.

As it was reported, British scientists have recently said that a new Covid variant that carries an “extremely high number” of mutations may drive further waves of disease by evading the body’s defenses. The B.1.1.529 variant has 32 mutations in the spike protein, the part of the virus that most vaccines use to prime the immune system against Covid.

The World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) has named the coronavirus strain B.1.1.529 with 32 mutations "Omicron".

Acting CEO of South African National Instititue for Contagious Diseases Adrian Puren stated that Omicron, could replace the Delta strain and become the most dominant one across the world.

A new strain of coronavirus has already been identified in a number of countries. In particular, Omicron has been recorded in South Africa, Belgium, Israel, Germany, Italy, Austria, Great Britain, and Japan.

However, the WHO said that one should not panic about the Omicron strain, but be wary of Delta, because the latter currently accounts for almost all new infections in the world, while the properties of the former are very little known.

Related: European Commission President urges EU to discuss mandatory Covid vaccination

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