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US travel ban Ttmporary measure to allow time to analyze Omicron variant - Fauci

Washington, Dec 1 (Sputnik) The travel ban the US government recently imposed on eight countries is a temporary measure to enable extra time to analyze the new coronavirus variant Omicron, Chief Medical Adviser to the President Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday.
“[N]o one feels, I certainly don't, that a travel ban is going to prevent people who are infected from coming to the United States, but we needed to buy some time to be able to prepare, understand what's going on,” Fauci said during a press briefing. “So, we look at this as a temporary measure.”
Starting on Monday, the US government restricted entry to foreign travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi given that the new variant emerged from southern Africa. South African health official said the variant was detected in fully vaccinated individuals, was more transmissible but the cases have been mild.
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22 Jan 2022 | 8:35 PM

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22 Jan 2022 | 8:23 PM

Ankara, Jan 22 (UNI/Sputnik) The Turkish government has launched a campaign to raise aid for the Afghan people to provide them with basic supplies amid winter and famine, the Turkish government's official Resmi Gazete reported on Saturday.

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Turkish shelling kills 5 in northern Syria

22 Jan 2022 | 8:15 PM

Damascus, Jan 22 (UNI/Xinhua) Five people were killed on Saturday by Turkish shelling in Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria's northern Raqqa province, a war monitor reported.

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Don't see bigger role for China in Maldives, says Nasheed

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22 Jan 2022 | 7:55 PM

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Latvia plans to prolong state of emergency at Belarusian border until May

22 Jan 2022 | 7:53 PM

Riga, Jan 22 (UNI/Sputnik) The Latvian Interior Ministry suggests that a state of emergency should be extended in three regions of the country near the border with Belarus until May, which will cost nearly 4 million euros ($4.5 million), the Latvian LETA news agency reported on Saturday.

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