COVID: UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron cases, Israel closes borders

Britain, Germany and Italy detected cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday, while nations imposed restrictions on travel from southern Africa.

Israel said it would ban the entry of all foreigners into the country and reintroduce counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology to contain the spread of the variant.

The discovery of the variant has sparked global concern, a wave of travel bans or curbs and a sell-off on financial markets on Friday as investors worried that Omicron could stall a global recovery from the nearly two-year pandemic.



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