Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19 first detected in South Africa is putting the world on alert again.
One of the first countries that have decided to take measures to mitigate the risks that this variant of the virus can cause is Japan. The country’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, announced that from Tuesday, November 30 The borders will be closed to prevent the access to the country of new foreign residents such as foreign students, professionals on internships or business trips.
“Faced with a possible worsening of the situation, we have decided to prohibit new entries from all countries of the world as a preventive and urgent measure,” the president explained in a statement. Japan had already closed its borders for the arrival of tourists since the first phase of the pandemic, but in recent months it had granted different visas for students and foreign workers.
Although the country has not yet registered any contagion by the new variant of SARS-CoV-2, a positive case of a citizen from Namibia, who could carry this new strain, is being analyzed.
Steps are also being taken in the United States to contain the omicron variant. New York State declared a state of emergency this weekend, after the appearance of the new variant of the coronavirus. State Governor Kathy Hochul has launched an executive order limiting non-essential procedures in hospitals and expanding hospital capacity. The president, Joe Biden, has also announced that as of November 29, travel from eight southern African countries.
In Europe, several cases of the new variant have already been detected in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark. Although no case has yet been reported in Spain, all those travelers from high-risk areas (seven African countries) they will have to present negative evidence to be able to enter the country even if they are vaccinated.