Breaking! Turkey on High Alert Against ‘Omicron’ Covid-19 Variant

Turkey is on high alert to step up its measures against the new Covid variant Omicron, Turkish health experts told Xinhua.

International Travel News: Nurettin Yiyit, a member of the Turkish Health Ministry’s Scientific Committee and the chief physician at Istanbul’s Cam and Sakura city hospital, said on Monday that the Omicron strain has more spike protein mutations than ever before, some of which are alarming for their possible impact on the course of the pandemic.

“That’s why we have to monitor the strain so closely to be able to take new and effective measures in time,” Yiyit noted.

“We have to see whether it spreads quickly, whether it is deadly, and more importantly, whether Covid vaccines are effective or not,” he said.

Turkey has closed its borders to passengers from Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe as a preventive action against Omicron, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Friday according to IANS report.

“If the virus is detected in Turkey, we will attach great importance to the contact tracing of the infected patients and declare new quarantine times accordingly,” Yiyit noted.

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