#Nu #OMICRON #SuperMutant Wave Hits Europe – passengers stuck on arrival at #Amsterdam.

#Belgium has become the first European country to confirm a case of the now dubbed ‘Nu’ variant, which has spread across three continents in under a day and caused stock market chaos.

Passengers arriving to Amsterdam from South Africaโ€™s Johannesburg on Friday were told they were forbidden from entering the Netherlands – stuck in limbo on the plane.

The strict and sudden restrictions came as governments around the globe rush to impose bans on travel from countries with the most registered Nu cases.

๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ’‰ Portugal, one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, declares state of emergency and imposes new restrictions to curb the sudden surge of #COVID19 cases

๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ’‰Fully vaccinated Czech President Zeman is back in the hospital, now with #COVID19, just a few hours after being released from it after 6 weeks of treatment.

Zeman recently received a third dose of the vaccine. He left the hospital despite the fact that the Central Military Hospital recommended that he stay in the hospital.

๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿฆ UK will place South Africa on its travel “red list” imminently amid new multi-mutant variant.

UK government sources: The new variant from South Africa poses “a potentially significant threat to the vaccine programme which we have to protect at all costs”.

๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿฆ UK bans flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe from midday on Friday amid new variant.

๐Ÿšจโšก๏ธUK asks France to take back all migrants who crossed the Channel .

๐ŸšจIsrael bans travel from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, and Eswatini amid new variant.

๐ŸšจFully vaccinated Canadian singer Bryan Adams tests positive for #COVID19 for the second time in a month.

๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ’‰BioNTech/Pfizer expects lab test data on the impact of the “new variant” within 2 weeks; then decide whether the vaccine “may require an adjustment.”

๐Ÿšจ Merck’s experimental #COVID19 pill reduces death and hospitalization risk by 30%, not 50%, updated study finds.

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ Japan and Bahrain impose restrictions on 6 countries in connection with a new strain of coronavirus

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ณโšก๏ธ The head of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili called on countries to make a decision on travel restrictions in connection with the emergence of a new strain of coronavirus in South Africa “today.”

“I recommend making decisions today, not in a week, because if the strain continues to spread as we expect, it will be too late and there will be no point in imposing restrictions,” Pololikashvili said in an interview.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel has identified four cases of the B.1.1.529 variant, all recent travellers. One case, a 32-year-old woman returning from South Africa, was triple vaccinated with Pfizer and had her 3rd dose just two months ago.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, says that all air travel to countries with Nu variant should be suspended until thereโ€™s a clear understanding of the variant. More countries will undoubtedly announce that air travel to and from Southern Africa be shut down.

๐Ÿšจโšก๏ธ#WHO names new variant #B11529 as “Omicron,” in noticeably skipping over “Xi” in the Greek alphabet.

๐Ÿšจโœˆ๏ธ U.S. bans travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi amid #Omicron variant starting Monday.

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช Turkey and the UAE close borders for citizens of 7 countries, including for residents of South Africa due to a new strain of coronavirus.

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