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Israel to Shut Borders to All Foreigners, Use Phone-Tracking Tech Over Omicron COVID-19 Variant

by Mimi Nguyen Ly

Israel on Saturday unveiled new plans to ban all foreigners into the country, a world-first in efforts to curb the spread of the newly detected COVID-19 variant called Omicron.

The nation has also revealed plans to use counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology to surveil the new variant’s spread.

The travel ban to all foreigners would last 14 days, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

The new measures, which still require government approval, come after Israel announced a smaller-scale travel ban on Friday for foreigners coming from most African countries.

Officials hope that within the 14-day period, more information about how effective COVID-19 vaccines are against the new CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus strain may emerge.

Omicron was first detected in southern Africa and has been dubbed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization. It has since also been detected in Belgium, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

“Our working hypotheses are that the variant is already in nearly every country … and that the vaccine is effective, although we don’t yet know to what degree,” Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked told N12’s “Meet the Press.”

Israel will also require all its citizens—including those who have been COVID-19 vaccinated—to quarantine, Bennett said. The measure will be in effect the midnight between Sunday and Monday.

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