Japan, Israel, and Morocco ban all foreign travelers from entering over Omicron variant fears

Tokyo International Airport.IamDoctorEgg/ Japan, Israel and Morocco have all barred foreign travelers from entering the country. It's the most strict measures imposed by nations in response to the newly detected Omicron variant. The new B.1.1.529 variant was labeled a "variant of concern" status by the WHO on Friday. Japan on Monday joined Israel and Morocco in barring foreign travelers from entering the country as nations worldwide make sweeping new travel restrictions ov...
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NIH director Francis Collins says there's 'reason to be pretty optimistic' vaccines will be effective against the Omicron variant

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins.MSNBC NIH head says there's reason to be "optimistic" that COVID-19 vaccines would work against Omicron. Collins urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get their boosters. The Omicron variant first emerged in South Africa where it has rapidly spread.  There is "reason to be pretty optimistic" that the available COVID-19 vaccines will be effective against the new Omicron variant of the virus, National Institutes of ...
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A couple who visited South Africa were arrested for escaping their quarantine hotel in the Netherlands and trying to flee the country

Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, seen on October 29, 2021.ARTHUR VAN DER KOOIJ/ANP/AFP via Getty Images The couple, a Portuguese woman and a Spanish man, were arrested on a flight departing for Spain. They had recently been in South Africa and were quarantining alongside people with the Omicron variant.  It is not known if the couple had tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID. Police in The Netherlands detained a couple who slipped out of their quarantine hotel after returning from...
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Trust in scientists soared in Australia and New Zealand during Covid pandemic, poll finds

Gallup survey reveals the two countries have the world’s highest levels of trust in scientists, with 62% saying they trust them ‘a lot’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs the Covid-19 pandemic raged, New Zealanders and Australians developed the world’s highest levels of trust in scientists, newly released survey data has found – and those trust levels soared as the global crisis evolved.The Wellcome Global Monitor, conducted by Gallup, surveyed 119,000 people across 11...
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Canada records North America's first 2 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant

A Canadian flag seen at Calgary International Airport. Not directly related to the story.Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images Canadian health officials said Sunday they had found two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant. They were in two people in Ottawa who had recently traveled to Nigeria. The cases are the first reported in North America.   Canadian health officials have reported two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, marking the first in North America.The cases were in two p...
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WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it 'attacks global solidarity'

A Doctors Without Borders nurse performs a COVID-19 test in Johannesburg, South Africa.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images Countries put travel bans on southern African nations after the Omicron variant was first found there. A WHO official said "putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity." South Africa said it feels punished, instead of applauded for finding and reporting the variant. The World Health Organization criticized countries for putting travel bans on so...
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