Israel bans entry to 7 African countries due to new covid version

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People carry their luggage through the deserted check-in hall at the airport.

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  • Israel has announced a ban on the entry of travelers from seven African countries.
  • Those returning from visits to these countries will be required to stay in a designated quarantine motel.
  • Scientists in South Africa have detected the new COVID variant and are still studying its effects.

Israel has announced a ban on the entry of travelers from seven African countries after a new COVID-19 variant was detected in South Africa. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horwitz on Thursday called South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini “red countries” amid reports of a heavily mutated version known as B.1.1529. Decided to list as The agency reported

“Foreigners from these countries will not be able to enter Israel,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

Israeli citizens returning home from visits to these countries will be required to stay in a designated quarantine motel for seven days, even if they have been fully vaccinated, it said.

They will be released after two negative PCR tests. According to the statement, the passengers who refuse the test will have to remain in quarantine for 12 days.

Scientists in South Africa said they have detected the new COVID-19 variant and are still studying its effects.

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