Covid news live: Omicron variant spreads to Europe; countries rush to impose travel bans on southern Africa

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Travellers from South Africa successful Netherlands affirmative for Covid

Dutch wellness authorities said that 61 radical who arrived successful Amsterdam connected 2 flights from South Africa connected Friday tested affirmative for Covid-19, Reuters reports.

Authorities are conducting further investigating to spot if immoderate of the infections are with the precocious discovered Omicron coronavirus variant.

Around 600 passengers arrived astatine Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport connected the 2 KLM flights connected Friday and past faced hours of delays and investigating owed to concerns implicit the caller microorganism variant.

The Dutch wellness ministry said aboriginal Saturday 61 tests had travel backmost positive.

“Travellers with a affirmative trial effect volition beryllium placed successful isolation astatine a edifice astatine oregon adjacent Schiphol,” wellness authorities said successful a statement. “Of the affirmative trial results, we are researching arsenic rapidly arsenic imaginable whether they are the caller variant of concern, present named ‘Omicron’.”

The Dutch authorities banned each aerial question from confederate Africa aboriginal connected Friday. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge determined that passengers already en way to the Netherlands would person to acquisition investigating and quarantine upon arrival.

Thailand is present the latest state to prohibition introduction of radical travelling from 8 African countries it designated arsenic high-risk for the caller B 1.1.529 Covid-19 variant, a elder wellness authoritative said.

Starting successful December, question from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, volition beryllium prohibited, the authoritative told a quality conference, arsenic reported by Reuters.

Hi everyone, it’s Samantha Lock here, acceptable to instrumentality you done each the caller Covid developments this weekend.

It’s been a engaged past 24 hours connected the Covid beforehand with nations racing to adjacent borders and reimpose restrictions aft a caller Covid variant was detected past week.

Today, the World Health Organization named the variant “omicron” and classified it arsenic a highly transmissible microorganism of concern.

Belgium detected Europe’s archetypal confirmed case of the caller variant connected Friday arsenic the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and aggregate European nations imposed question bans connected southbound African nations.

Let’s dive close backmost successful with a speedy recap of each the cardinal developments you whitethorn person missed from the past fewer hours.

  • The US and Canada introduced caller question restrictions in effect to the Omicron variant.
  • EU members besides agreed to restrict question from 7 African countries.
  • The archetypal European lawsuit of B.1.1.529 variant has been identified successful Belgium.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said nary cases of the caller Covid-19 Omicron variant detected successful South Africa person truthful acold been identified successful the United States to date.
  • New York politician Kathy Hochul issued a Covid-19 “disaster emergency” declaration connected Friday, citing expanding rates of infections and hospitalisations. An order from the politician said the authorities was experiencing Covid-19 transmission “not seen since April 2020” and that infirmary admissions has been expanding implicit the past period to implicit 300 a day.
  • The UK reported a further 50,091 Covid cases and 160 deaths.
  • India reported its lowest regular Covid lawsuit emergence successful 541 days, according to Union Health Ministry information updated today. The single-day emergence of 8,318 caller Covid infections and 465 deaths saw progressive cases diminution to 1,07,019 - the lowest seen since March 2020.
  • South Korea’s Covid deaths deed grounds precocious with caller curbs expected. The state reported 4,068 caller Covid-19 cases and 52 caller deatgs. Critically sick patients deed an all-time precocious of 634, up 17 from the erstwhile day, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
  • India volition resume scheduled planetary flights from 15 December with a constricted work to 14 nations, the Civil Aviation Ministry said.
  • Australia confirmed it volition adjacent its borders to anyone who has been successful confederate Africa, and is not an Australian citizen. Australian citizens, residents and their dependents arriving from these countries volition request to spell into contiguous supervised quarantine for 14 days.
  • Brazil volition unopen its borders to travellers arriving from six confederate African countries, main of unit to president Jair Bolsonaro said.
  • Germany reports an further 67,125 Covid cases and 303 deaths, according to information from the Robert Koch Institute.
  • Germany’s apical wellness officials person raised the imaginable of a nationalist lockdown amid rapidly rising coronavirus cases and a melodramatic summation successful the fig of patients successful intensive care.
  • The Netherlands will beryllium “effectively closed from 5pm to 5am” according to remarks by caretaker premier curate Mark Rutte, announcing caller Covid restrictions from Sunday.
  • Dozens of radical are apt to person tested affirmative for the microorganism wrong the 600 passengers who landed astatine Schiphol airport in the Netherlands from South Africa connected Friday.
  • The European Centres for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has classified Omicron, B.1.1.529, a “variant of concern”, informing the hazard is “high to precise high”.
  • Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Morocco have introduced varying bans connected travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini according to AFP. Egypt has suspended nonstop flights to and from South Africa. Iran said it volition prohibition overseas travellers from six countries, including South Africa.
  • Canada introduced caller borderline measures and ‘rigorous monitoring’, banning overseas travellers from 7 African countries.
  • Stocks successful the US followed those successful Asia and Europe by falling sharply connected Friday successful the aftermath of concerns astir the caller Covid variant.