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US to tighten travel rules as more countries report Omicron Covid cases

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The government of United States says it has resolved to tighten travel rules rather than an outright ban on inbound flights, suggesting that travellers will now face tougher COVID-19 testing rules.

This comes as more countries have adopted travel bans and tighter travel rules amid uncertainty around the emergence of the Omicron variant of the pandemic.

The Omicron variant of the Coronavirus has been discovered in at least 20 countries, including Canada, Nigeria, Japan, Among others.

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The Australian government said at least two people visited several locations in Sydney while infectious, and Denmark said an infected person had taken part in a large concert.

Investors are still on edge and are engaging in cautious trading even as financial markets reacted in a bearish way a day earlier following remarks by the CEO of Moderna (MRNA.O) that raised questions about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines against the Omicron variant.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on its part has advised countries against placing travel bans as that would impact lives and businesses, considering how many countries slipped into recession and recorded negative growth.

The world health agency said, “blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread, and they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods.” While advising those unwell, at risk or 60 years or over and unvaccinated to postpone travel.

First reported in Southern Africa a week ago, Omicron has highlighted the disparity between massive vaccination pushes in rich nations and sparse inoculation in the developing world.

It has spread to more than a dozen countries, with Nigeria among the latest to report cases of the variant

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