Rafael Ojeda: “The new variant is being experienced.
In the world, in most countries, the peak caused by this strain has exceeded even the previous ones; however, in Cuba it has remained well below those we had previously, emphasized the First Secretary.
Today the country, Díaz-Canel reflected, remains under the new normality, it has fewer restrictions than at other times, the school year continues to develop, and the economic activity is developing and reactivating, and I think that is how we should continue working, he said.
The decision, Portal Miranda argued, is based on the current epidemiological situation worldwide and particularly in Cuba. Travelers coming from those countries are also exempted from the mandatory taking of samples at the entrance to our ports and airports, and will be governed by the protocols applied to those arriving from other places.
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Exempt are transit passengers who are residents, or holders of long-stay visas, of EU and Schengen associated countries, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican or San Marino, en route to that country. Also exempted are aeronautical personnel necessary to carry out air transport activities.
The alert raised by Omicron, which has already arrived in the Americas through Canada, also takes place in the context of an almost general increase in the number of positive cases of the virus at the continental level, as a result of the openings in different areas.
Specifically, the CDC advises adults to receive the third dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines six months after the second dose was administered. In the case of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single-dose serum, the U.S. recommends a booster dose starting two months after the initial jab for all adults.
On Monday, the Government of Argentina has ordered a compulsory quarantine for all persons who have been in Africa in the 14 days prior to entering the South American country, while maintaining the suspension of direct flights from that continent to reinforce epidemiological surveillance in view of the appearance of the new Omicron variant.
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In Malta, travel to and from regions with identified cases of the variant will be temporarily banned from midnight Saturday, Chris Fearne, Malta’s deputy prime minister and health minister, said in a tweet Friday.
Israel recorded its first case of the new B.1,1,529 coronavirus variant and the country has announced that seven countries in southern Africa will be placed on a red list. This means that returnees from those countries must quarantine themselves in a designated hotel.
On Thursday night, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he had accepted the Health Ministry’s recommendations to place South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini on a new red list.
Travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho will have to remain in quarantine in government-provided facilities for 10 days from midnight local time on Saturday, November 27.
The medium- and long-term scenarios are not compromised.
“The Commission will propose, in close coordination with the Member States, to activate the emergency brake to stop air travel from the southern African region due to the worrying variant B.1.1.529”, wrote the President.
The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, signed the order banning the entry of citizens who have passed through South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Namibia. Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland.
The British government, meanwhile, has acted “extremely quickly” to introduce a ban from Friday to flights from six African countries with an approach focused on “security” to the new variant of the coronavirus detected in South Africa, explained today the Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps.
The London Executive bans from 12 GMT air services from six African destinations, including South Africa, due to the spread of the B.1.1.529 variant, which could make current vaccines less effective.