Connect with us

World

Omicron variant leads to travel chaos

Published

on

UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron variant cases, Israel closes borders as the world waits

Summary:

  • Britain, Germany, Italy say Omicron cases detected
  • UK PM Johnson unveils new measures to prevent Christmas lockdown
  • Israel bans entry to all foreigners
  • Dutch authorities test air passengers for Omicron variant

Britain, Germany and Italy are detecting cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant as countries around the world reimpose travel restrictions..

The discovery of the variant sparked global concern, with a fresh wave of travel bans and a global sell-off on financial markets.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced new steps to contain the virus.

Face coverings will become mandatory again in shops and on public transport in England from next week.

More stringent testing

PCR tests for everyone entering the UK will be introduced and all contacts of new variant cases will have to self-isolate. 

The two linked cases of Omicron found in Britain are connected to travel to southern Africa.

But Boris Johnson is promising that Christmas will be “considerably better” than in 2020.

The measures are “temporary and precautionary”, he says.

The UK PM laid out measures which included stricter testing rules for people arriving in the country.

Mr Johnson said: “Our scientists are learning more hour by hour, and it does appear that Omicron spreads very rapidly and can be spread between people who are double vaccinated.”

Global disruption

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

In Germany, the health ministry announced two confirmed cases of the variant. The two people entered Germany at Munich airport on Nov. 24.

In Italy, the National Health Institute says case of the new variant had been detected in Milan.

New strain, old pain

Omicron, dubbed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization, is  than previous variants of the disease.

Experts do not know yet if it will cause more or less severe COVID-19 compared to other strains.

The variant was first discovered in South Africa and had also since been detected in Belgium, Botswana, Israel and Hong Kong.

Epidemiologists say travel curbs may be too late to stop Omicron from circulating globally.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and State Department are advising against travel to eight southern African countries.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

World

Authorities find drug-smuggler’s tunnel under the U.S. and Mexico border

Published

on

Anti-drug agents have found a smugglers’ tunnel including a rail track, electricity and ventilation system

A drug-smuggler’s tunnel has been unearthed under the U.S. and Mexican border.

It led from the Mexican city of Tijuana to a warehouse located 300 feet from the San Diego border.

Six people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the scheme.

They are accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, among other crimes.

“There is no more light at the end of this narco-tunnel,” says the U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman.

Authorities collect information about the people behind the tunnel.

The tunnel is believed to be over 1,750 feet long, and was fitted out reinforced walls.

Close to 100 tunnels have been found in the same area, but this was one of the largest.

Continue Reading

Ukraine Crisis

Finland and Sweden submit applications to join NATO

Published

on

Finland and Sweden have officially submitted their applications to join NATO

Finland and Sweden have handed in applications to join NATO.

It ends decades of political neutrality for both nations, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Chief of NATO says the applications are quote an “historic step”.

If their bid is successful, it will bring the alliance’s membership to 32.

While Russia strongly opposes the move, there are also members within NATO’s own ranks voicing their concerns.

Dubbed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the NATO alliance was founded in 1949

It follows one rule: an attack on one, is an attack on all.

It sought to counter Russian expansion in Europe after World War Two.

But following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many of its former Eastern European allies joined the alliance, something that has raised concerns in Moscow.

Finland and Sweden need the support of all member states to join. If they’re successful, it will take the alliance to 32 members.

NATO members must spend 2 per cent of their GDP on defence. Finland already meets this target and Sweden says it will do so “as soon as possible”.

The two countries will also bring a range of military might.

Finland has over 19-thousand active troops, and Sweden has over 14-and-a-half thousand.

There are 220 tanks, and over 200 combat aircraft.

Russia believes NATO has been verging on its door stop and is warning both nations against joining.

Turkey’s President is also voicing concerns, saying the two Scandinavian nations should not send delegations to convince him of their bids.

Continue Reading

Tech

U.S. warns against hiring North Korean tech workers

Published

on

The U.S. is warning North Korean workers are trying to find IT jobs by hiding their identities

The U.S. believes workers are seeking to steal money for their home country.

Many of them are allegedly pretending to be from other parts of Asia, according to three U.S. agencies.

The State Department says thousands of highly skilled IT workers are sent around the world to generate revenue to help with North Korea’s weapons production.

“The DPRK [North Korea] dispatches thousands of highly skilled IT workers around the world to generate revenue that contributes to its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes, in violation of US and UN sanctions.”

U.S. State Department

If North Korea is employing workers to fund its missiles program, the move would be in violation of U.N. international sanctions.

“The United States is committed to disrupting illicit DPRK revenue-generating activities, which may facilitate criminal activity, provide direct support to the DPRK’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, and threaten international peace and security,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

The country has conducted several missile tests in recent months, including a banned intercontinental ballistic missile.

Continue Reading

Trending on Ticker

Copyright © 2022 The Ticker Company PTY LTD