The "B.1.1.529" variant of the new crown pneumonia virus has gradually appeared in different regions, and many countries have stepped up anti-epidemic measures.
Russia announced on Friday (26th) that it will restrict the entry of passengers from Hong Kong and many African countries, which will take effect on Sunday (28th).
Switzerland has also tightened quarantine measures for Hong Kong travelers.
The "B.1.1.529" variant virus has been found in Hong Kong, South Africa, Israel, Belgium and other places. Experts worry that this virus will reduce the effectiveness of existing vaccines.
In order to reduce the risk of transmission, the Russian authorities announced restrictions on the entry of tourists from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and other African countries, as well as Hong Kong travelers.
Officials emphasized that the virus has not been found in Russia.
In addition, the Swiss government announced that, except for Swiss citizens and approved persons, all travelers from South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel and Belgium must provide a negative test certificate when entering the country, and be quarantined for 10 days.
Regarding the rapid implementation of entry restrictions by many countries, the South African Ministry of Health criticized these measures for unfairness and is confident that vaccines can still protect humans.
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