Israel bans entry from 7 African countries due to new Covid variant

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People walk with their luggage through an abandoned check-in hall at the airport.

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  • Israel has announced a travel ban on travelers from seven African countries.
  • Those returning from trips to these countries will need to stay at a specially designated quarantine motel.
  • Scientists in South Africa have discovered a new variant of COVID and are still studying its implications.

Israel announced a travel ban on travelers from seven African countries after a new variant of Covid-19 was discovered in South Africa. Amid reports of a highly mutated variant known as B.1.1529, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horwitz on Thursday decided to include South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini on the list of “red countries”. Xinhua News Agency reports. The agency reports.

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

It states that Israeli citizens who return home from travel to these countries will have to stay in the designated quarantine motel for seven days, even if they are fully vaccinated.

They will be released after two negative PCR tests. Travelers who refuse to get tested will need to be quarantined for 12 days, according to the statement.

Scientists in South Africa said they have discovered a new variant of COVID-19 and are still studying its implications.

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