Israel bans foreign visitors as Omicron Covid fears rise around the world


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Israel has approved barring entry to all foreign nationals, as countries around the world tighten controls against the worrying new coronavirus strain. In the most far-reaching effort to keep the Omicron variant at bay, Israel’s coronavirus cabinet had authorised a series of measures, the health ministry said, including banning entry by foreigners, red-listing travel to 50 African countries, and making quarantine mandatory for all Israelis arriving from abroad. Many countries, including Brazil, Canada, the European Union, Iran and the US, have placed restrictions on various southern African countries over the past couple of days in response to warnings over the...