Scotland: six cases with no epidemiological link were detected
Six cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus were detected in Scotland, some of them no link with people who have traveled abroad. These cases are in addition to the three previously recorded in England.
Scottish Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney stated that “There must be a degree of community transmission of this particular strain” and that “this poses additional challenges for us to stop the spread.” Health authorities will track the close contacts of positives to “establish the origin of the virus.”
Australia will not reopen its borders
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the country will not reopen the borders this December 1 to certain workers and students to prevent the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
“This temporary suspension will ensure that Australia collects the information necessary to better understand the Omicron variant“explained the prime minister.
The WHO warned that Ómicron represents “a very high risk”
The World Health Organization (WHO) published a document stating that the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus represents “a very high risk” for the world and he warned that there are still many unknowns about this variant, especially about the real danger it represents.
“Given mutations that could give you the ability to escape an immune response, and give you an advantage in terms of transmissibility, the likelihood of Ómicron spreading globally is high“, indicates the organization and adds that there have not yet been deaths linked to the new variant.
According to the WHO, “based on these characteristics there could be future covid-19 spikes, which could have severe consequences. ”
“Applying travel restrictions for Africa is an attack on global solidarity”
South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, called on countries to lift restrictions “before further damage is done to our economies”. Based on the increase in cases of the Omicron variant in South Africa and the detection of the virus in passengers from that country, different governments around the world have closed their borders to South African passengers.
“With the Omicron variant detected in various regions of the world, applying travel restrictions for Africa is an attack on global solidarity“said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Director for Africa.
Japan closes its borders to foreign tourists
Japan joins the countries that decreed the border closure for foreign tourists Faced with the danger of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus
“We are going to ban the (new) entry of foreigners from all over the world from November 30,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters. The government had relaxed some restrictions just three weeks ago.