the Netherlands announces that 13 passengers arriving from South Africa are carriers of the Omicron variant

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13h29 : Thirteen of the 61 passengers who arrived from South Africa infected with Covid-19 are carriers of the Omicron variant, announce the Dutch authorities.

13h26 : This victory is not a surprise in view of the latest polls. The Swiss say yes to the law that instituted the health pass, according to initial estimates. It was accepted at 63%, with a margin of error of 3 points, according to the institute gfs.bern.

13h21 : Across the Channel, wearing a mask in transport and stores will be mandatory again from Tuesday, announces the Minister of Health, Sajid Javid. Yesterday, Boris Johnson also announced that “anyone entering the UK [doit] take a PCR test “ within two days of arrival and “isolate herself until she has the result”.

13h09 : Hello @At you ! Maybe supply and demand? Since the discovery of the Omicron variant, many tourists fear getting stuck in South Africa and seek to leave the country as soon as possible before their own country’s borders close. Two German tourists leaving for Munich confessed to our journalist having let go 3,800 euros for two. “It’s a very expensive flight but at least we have one …”

13h08 : Hello ! I just listened to your report on people trying to get home from South Africa. Why are airline tickets so expensive? What good reason do airlines have to increase their prices this way? Thank you !

12h51 : It is high time to take stock of the news:
“As soon as it circulates in England, Italy, Belgium, it is likely that there are already cases in circulation” in France of the Omicron variant, declared the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran. Follow our live.

The Minister of Overseas Affairs, Sébastien Lecornu, travels to Guadeloupe and Martinique. He will land in Pointe-à-Pitre at the end of the day before meetings with local elected officials on Monday (in Guadeloupe) and Tuesday (in Martinique), France Télévisions’ political department has learned.
The Pas-de-Calais has been classified as an orange flood alert since 10 am this morning, after the night’s bad weather which notably led to flooding of the Lys, Lawe and Clarence rivers. Météo France maintains its orange snow and ice vigilance activated Saturday afternoon for 11 departments located in the Massif Central, the Alps and the Pyrenees.
While the situation is tense between London and Paris, the British are not invited to the interministerial meeting to fight against illegal immigration and smuggling networks which will be held this afternoon in Calais. For the vice-president of the Hauts-de-France region, interviewed this morning on franceinfo, it is“is an error”.

12h45 : The Swiss are voting today on “the Covid-19 law” , which made it possible to create the health pass. This election comes at the end of a stormy electoral campaign, causing the police to fear new demonstrations during the day. The proof: the police have installed riot barriers to protect the Federal Palace, tweets a journalist from the RTS.

11h05 : To date, there has been no identification of the Omicron variant in France but it is a matter of hours “, again warned Olivier Véran, during this point with the press.

11h52 : “As soon as it circulates in England, Italy, Belgium, it is likely that there are already cases in circulation” in France of the Omicron variant, declares the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.

12h40 : Is the Omicron variant resistant to the vaccine? “It is a legitimate question which arises, the researchers are looking at this (…) It is too early to answer”, declares Olivier Véran during a press briefing, evoking a response in ten days. “It changes absolutely nothing to the vaccination strategy”, assures the Minister of Health.

12h33 : In newsstands this morning, several regional dailies have chosen to look at the worrying emergence of the Omicron variant, already detected in several European countries. In this context, theAlsace title on “increased vigilance in Christmas markets”, where millions of visitors meet each year (two million in one month for the only – but essential – Strasbourg Christmas market).

09h09 : From this evening, foreign nationals will not be able to enter Israel, “except for cases approved by a special committee”. Vaccinated Israeli citizens will be required to take a PCR test and self-quarantine for three days, a measure extended to seven days for those not vaccinated, authorities say. Follow our live.

12h25 : From this evening, foreign nationals will not be able to enter Israel, “except for cases approved by a special committee”. Vaccinated Israeli citizens will be required to take a PCR test and self-quarantine for three days, a measure extended to seven days for those not vaccinated, Israeli authorities say. Follow our live.

12h24 : Australia announces that it has identified two passengers at Sydney airport infected with the Omicronen variant from South Africa. They were placed in solitary confinement. The approximately 260 passengers and crew on that flight have also been asked to self-isolate, the Australian health authority said.

12h24 : To start the day, here is a first point on the news:

• Countries continue to barricade themselves against the threat of the Omicron variant. Israel will ban from this evening the entry of foreign nationals on its territory, a case of which has been confirmed in the country. For its part, Australia announces that it has identified two passengers from South Africa infected with this new variant. Follow our live.

• The elected officials of Guadeloupe yesterday asked for the arrival of an interministerial delegation on the subject of “state powers” after the government put on the table the question of the autonomy of the island, shaken like its neighbor Martinique by a social explosion which again caused violence. Follow our live.
Four days after the worst migratory drama to have occurred in the English Channel, a European meeting is being held today in Calais to step up the fight “against the networks of smugglers”. It will be held without the British, excluded by France, while tensions have hardened in recent days on the migration issue.

• Eleven departments, from the Pyrenees to the Alps via the Massif Central, have been placed in orange vigilance against snow and ice by Météo France.