Older, unvaccinated people should delay travel, says WHO, as Omicron restrictions spread

The World Health Organization has said that people who are not fully protected from Covid-19 should delay travel to areas with community transmission.

The World Health Organization warned that the strain of the virus it previously warned about would not be contained in a blanket ban.

The United States will require more stringent testing of coronaviruses at borders for all travellers, including returning Americans.

Everyone entering the country will have to be tested one day before boarding flights, regardless of their vaccination status. All travellers would have to be retested within three to five days of arrival. The test can be taken within three days of boarding.

The Biden administration plans to announce an enhanced winter Covid strategy on Thursday.

Travelers will need to have a vaccine for travel to and from Canada.

Japan will expand its travel ban on foreigners entering the nation to prevent those with resident status from entering the country for the time being.

All travellers will need to be tested for thepolio and additional rapid tests will be required for travellers on vaccine travel lanes.

Travelers entering or transiting through the city state after Thursday 2 December must take a pre-departure test within 2 days of their departure for Singapore to get a negative result. Travelers entering Singapore must take a Covid-19 test.

Hong Kong will add Japan, Portugal and Sweden to its travel ban list from Friday, while Indonesia added Hong Kong to its travel ban list.

Scientists are trying to determine the level of threat Omicron poses to the world, a week after it was first detected in South Africa. Cases have been found in many countries. Nigeria confirmed its first cases on Wednesday. The WHO issued a warning against travel to potential Covid hotspots for unvaccinated, vulnerable people.

People with comorbidities that present increased risk of severe Covid-19 should be considered if they have not been fully vaccined.

The WHO said that blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread and place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods. It said that banning can have other adverse effects.

It was understandable for countries to seek to protect their citizens against a variant we don't yet fully understand, according to the WHO chief.

He urged nations to take rational, proportional risk- reduction measures.

International travellers will be welcomed by traditional dancers as they arrive for the first time in over 600 days. The tourISM fiJI is pictured.

The European Union's medical agency chief said on Tuesday that it would take two weeks to know if the current Covid-19 vaccines would be able to deal with it.

The variant has emerged as many of the northern hemisphere were already bracing for a new winter wave of the Pandemic, leaving nations with high vaccination rates struggling to contain rising infections and prevent health services from being overwhelmed.

In western Europe, governments have reintroduced mandatory mask-wearing, social-distancing measures, curfews or lockdowns, leaving businesses fearing another grim Christmas.

Norway will offer booster shots to all adults before Easter in order to avoid a lockdown, while Greece made vaccines compulsory for over 60s. Britain wants to deliver third jabs to all adults within two months.

While curbs were returning to many parts of the world, the Pacific island of Fiji reopened to tourists on Wednesday after being isolated for over 600 days.

The first wave of tourists from Australia were welcomed by traditional dancers in grass skirts.

Tourism accounts for 40% of the economy according to the chief executive of the airline.

He told reporters that the reopening of the international border would reignite the economy.

With Agence-France Presse.