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‘Probably already here’: UCSF doctor says US travel ban won’t stop Omicron COVID-19 variant from spreading

San Francisco (KGO)-From Monday, the United States will ban most travelers from several African countries. Gray Pimentel, who lives in Vallejo, arrived in the Bay Area from London on Friday.

“Frankly, I thought the situation was getting better. It was very new and it was like what happened while we were there,” Pimentel said.

As Omicron continues to grow, the United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil, Thailand and Singapore are on the growing list of countries that impose restrictions on travelers from South Africa.

Carsten missed a flight to Singapore because he did not meet the test requirements before the flight.

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“I found that the test results I got from the test center were the wrong type of test and that type of test was unacceptable,” Carsten said.

Strict guidelines are in place around the world. Edwards Shiu is the owner of the travel agency Classic Tour. He is receiving a flashback of the beginning of a pandemic.

“We expect more businesses to come, but now it’s a new virus that strains many tourists and doesn’t want to travel,” Siu said.

Italy and Germany confirmed the first case of Omicron on Saturday. Michele Stopper is happy to arrive safely in the Bay Area. He was visiting a family in Germany and Italy.

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Ruth Pena: “Are you worried that you’re probably stuck?”

Michele Stopper: “As always, I was a little confident.”

Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert at UCSF, believes that these travel bans are too late.

“If it really would be contagious, the travel ban wouldn’t naturally stop what actually happened. By the time we realize something, it’s probably already here,” Dr. Chin Hong said.

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One of the main concerns of this new mutant is that there were 50 mutations.This is better than any other variant, including the highly contagious one Delta variant There are 19 mutations.

“Our current vaccines show that they are a little more resistant, but we know they still work against these variants,” said Dr. Chin Hong.

On the other hand, many want to go on a trip to meet their loved ones this Christmas.

“If India returns with many incidents, we may not be able to go,” said a Fremont resident of Atule Lanard.

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