Israel bans travel to UK, Denmark over Omicron fears

Israel has decided to ban travel to the UK and Denmark to prevent the spread of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.cThe ban, to be effective on Thursday, was announced at a press conference by Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of the public health services at the Health Ministry, reports Xinhua news agency.

Israel has already banned travel to most African countries, which are labelled "red" by the Ministry because of the new coronavirus variant. All Israelis returning from the banned countries, including vaccinated and recovered ones, must quarantine for at least seven days.

Foreign nationals are not allowed to travel from these countries to Israel, except in humanitarian cases with the approval of a special governmental committee. So far, 67 cases of Omicron have been detected in Israel, while the testing results of another 80 suspected ones are expected, according to the Ministry.