World Responds to Omicron Variant with New Round of Covid Restrictions


Fears over the impact of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus rose on Thursday after the first case was reported in the United States and Japan’s central bank warned of economic pain as countries respond with measures to stricter containment.

The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa last week and has since spread to dozens of countries around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the new strain poses a “very high” global risk and urged governments to speed up vaccination of high priority groups. France announced yesterday that a negative Covid-19 test will be mandatory for all travelers arriving from outside the EU.

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8:00 a.m. KST: South Korea to force vaccinated travelers into quarantine

In the latest restrictions, South Korea on Thursday suspended quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated inbound travelers for two weeks as the daily number of coronavirus cases hit a new high. South Korea confirmed its first five cases of the Omicron variant on Wednesday.



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