By Amit Acco, Parnter |

According to an announcement made by the Swiss Embassy in Israel yesterday night, 26 November 2021, effective immediately, entry from Israel is no longer possible for persons who are not Swiss citizens or who have a residence permit in Switzerland or in the Schengen area. This includes all citizens of Israeli and non-Schengen countries.

This comes as a result of the newly found Omicron B1.1.529 virus mutation. Switzerland immediately took measures to prevent or at least slow down the spread of the new variant as far as possible.

The B.1.1.529 variant, or the “Omicron”, which has been described as having an “awful spike mutation profile,” has been detected in a number of coronavirus cases in South Africa. In addition, South African scientists say the new variant has an “extremely high” number of mutations.

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