Omicron coronavirus variant puts world on edge

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Minister for Territorial Policy and Government Spokesperson Isabel Rodríguez appears at a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Moncloa, on August 3, 2021, in Madrid, Spain. 
Minister for Territorial Coverage and Authorities Spokesperson Isabel Rodríguez seems at a press convention after a gathering of the Council of Ministers in Moncloa, on August 3, 2021, in Madrid, Spain.  (Ricardo Rubio/Europa Press/Getty Photos)

Spain turned the most recent nation to announce “flight restrictions” from southern African nations over the Omicron coronavirus variant, the federal government’s chief spokeswoman, Isabel Rodríguez, stated at a information convention in Madrid Tuesday. 

On Monday, Spain had introduced that passengers from seven African nations – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique – must quarantine for 10 days. The restrictions introduced at this time go one step additional, banning flights from the seven African nations, with some exceptions for flights repatriating residents or residents.

“These are preventative measures,” Rodríguez stated. 

The flight restrictions will likely be in impact from Dec. 2 till Dec.15, Rodríguez added.

Spain on Monday additionally confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant, in “a 51-year-old man who returned from South Africa on Nov. 28, with a layover in Amsterdam,” a Madrid regional authorities assertion stated. 

Spain’s Well being Minister Carolina Darias stated in a SER radio interview Tuesday that authorities had been awaiting take a look at outcomes on a pair who arrived at Barcelona’s airport on Monday, to find out if they’ve the Omicron variant, or not. 

CNN’s Claudia Rebaza, Mia Alberti and Pau Mosquera contributed reporting to this publish.