Japan to bar all new foreign visitors as omicron fears grow

The government announced Monday that it will ban all incoming foreign travelers for one month effective Tuesday in an effort to prevent the omicron variant from spreading domestically. New restrictions will encompass all new entries — including foreign exchange students, interns and those traveling for business — from every country in the world. The entryContinue reading “Japan to bar all new foreign visitors as omicron fears grow”

Omicron variant: Biden makes fresh plea to Americans to get vaccinated as he puts travel restrictions on eight countries

New ban will affect eight African countries President Joe Biden announced on Friday that his administration would ban travel from eight countries beginning on Monday, as the US seeks to prevent the spread of a new Covid-19 variant dubbed “Omicron”. A statement from the White House indicated that travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi would beContinue reading “Omicron variant: Biden makes fresh plea to Americans to get vaccinated as he puts travel restrictions on eight countries”

Failure to share Covid vaccines ‘coming back to haunt us’, says Gordon Brown

Ex-PM says world was ‘forewarned’ of dangers of failing to vaccinate poorer countries amid rise of new variant ‘New variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines’ The failure of wealthy nations to get vaccines to the developing world is “coming back to haunt us”, Gordon Brown has warned, as experts said the emergence ofContinue reading “Failure to share Covid vaccines ‘coming back to haunt us’, says Gordon Brown”

EU advises border closures over new Covid variant as European case confirmed – BBC News

Countries around the world are taking steps to tighten travel restrictions after a new coronavirus variant was identified in southern Africa. The European Commission has recommended that EU countries introduce an “emergency brake” on all travel from the region in response. The World Health Organization (WHO) is meeting to discuss the new variant.

New COVID-19 variant: How dangerous is B.1.1.529? – DW News

Scientists in South Africa are warning of a new strain of COVID-19. The variant, which is yet to be named, appears to have a high number of mutations, and there’s a possibility it could be able to evade our immune response and be even more transmissible. At first, health officials thought they were seeing aContinue reading “New COVID-19 variant: How dangerous is B.1.1.529? – DW News”

New oilfield in African wilderness threatens lives of 130,000 elephants

Exploratory project in Botswana and Namibia is threat to ecosystems, local communities and wildlife, conservationists say Tens of thousands of African elephants are under threat from plans for a massive new oilfield in one of the continent’s last great wildernesses, experts have warned. Campaigners and conservationists fear the proposed oilfield stretching across Namibia and Botswana would devastateContinue reading “New oilfield in African wilderness threatens lives of 130,000 elephants”

Botswana Could Be First African Country to Vaccinate Entire Adult Population

Botswana’s health authorities say they have arranged to receive nearly 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, enough to cover the entire adult population. If every adult takes the vaccine, Botswana could become the first country in Africa to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.      In a televised address Monday, Mosepele Mosepele, deputy coordinatorContinue reading “Botswana Could Be First African Country to Vaccinate Entire Adult Population”

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