Israel to close its borders to foreign travelers over Omicron variant fears

Israel made a radical move against the new Omicron Covid variation Saturday planning to close its boundaries to foreign travelers.

The ban, assuming it gets final government endorsement, is to start at 12 PM Sunday and most recent 14 days.

The move came after cabinet members met for very nearly three hours Saturday night, the news announced.

One instance of the Omicron variation, which initially arose in South Africa, has been recognized in Israel with seven more suspected.

Israelis returning home from countries designated as red zones in Africa will be sent directly to a hotel to quarantine until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.

The nation additionally plans to utilize counter terrorism phone tracking technology to follow those who have the variant in order to stop transmission, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said.