NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Israel To Ban Entry Of Foreigners From All Nations Over New Covid Strain.

Israel To Ban Entry Of Foreigners From All Nations Over New Covid Strain

'Omicron': Israel's travel ban will come into effect at midnight between Sunday and Monday. (File)

Jerusalem:

Israel on Saturday said it would ban the entry of all foreigners into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in response to the potentially more contagious 'Omicron' coronavirus variant, and said it would also reintroduce counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology in order to contain the spread of the variant.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement that the ban, pending government approval, would last 14 days.

Officials hope that within that period there will be more information on how effective COVID-19 vaccines are against 'Omicron', which was first detected in South Africa and has been dubbed a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization.

Israelis entering the country, including those who are vaccinated, will be required to quarantine, Bennett said. The ban will come into effect at midnight between Sunday and Monday.

The Shin Bet domestic security agency's phone-tracking technology will be used to locate carriers of the new variant in order to curb its transmission to others, the statement said.

Israel has so far confirmed one case of the variant and seven suspected cases.

The variant, which since first being detected in South Africa has also been detected in Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany and Britain, has sparked global concern and a wave of travel curbs, although epidemiologists say travel curbs may be too late to stop 'Omicron' from circulating globally.

It could take weeks for scientists to fully understand the variant's mutations and whether existing vaccines and treatments are effective against it.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Related news
Apple releases software updates to fix security flaws in iPhones and iPads.

Apple releases software updates to fix security flaws in iPhones and iPads.

A major glitch in Apple products allows websites to see a user's browsing history and other personal data.

Lemon weighs in on Joe Rogan and White guest's definition of Black.

Lemon weighs in on Joe Rogan and White guest's definition of Black.

CNN's Don Lemon and professor Eric Michael Dyson discuss a conversation Joe Rogan and a White guest on his podcast had about the term 'Black.' #CNN #News

1 1

Concha: Breyer's retirement isn't the big story media is portraying it to be.

Concha: Breyer's retirement isn't the big story media is portraying it to be.

Fox News contributor Joe Concha weighs in as liberal media 'celebrates' Justice Breyer's retirement and slams CNN's Jim Acosta for his comments on Virginia Gov. Youngkin. #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Ch...

NATO on the move: How likely is Russia to attack Ukraine? - DW News.

NATO on the move: How likely is Russia to attack Ukraine? - DW News.

The US and NATO have formally rejected Moscow's sweeping security demands, refusing - among other things - to rule out future NATO membership for Ukraine. In its written reply to Moscow's proposals, Washington offers what it calls 'a serious diplo...

‘Terrifying’: State lawmaker on Florida’s newly appointed surgeon general.

‘Terrifying’: State lawmaker on Florida’s newly appointed surgeon general.

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to Democratic Florida State Senator Lauren Book about a contentious confirmation hearing for Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo that ended abruptly after Democrats walked out in protest, prompting Republicans to ...

3 230

Victims of 2020 Blast Keep Up Pressure on Lebanon’s Leaders.

Victims of 2020 Blast Keep Up Pressure on Lebanon’s Leaders.

More than a year and a half after the Beirut port blast, victims are still fighting for accountability on the part of the government. The case has become one of the biggest tests to the impunity of the Lebanese political establishment in thirty ye...