WHO Warns Against “Blanket” Omicron Travel Bans As Nations Shut Borders

WHO warned the bans could ultimately dissuade countries from sharing data about the evolving virus. Geneva, Switzerland: The World Health Organization has warned blanket travel bans will not prevent the spread of Omicron, as more countries rushed to impose curbs and the first cases of the new Covid strain were detected in Latin America. In … Read more

Twitch unveils a new tool for streamers and moderators called Suspicious User Detection, which uses ML to detect people attempting to evade bans (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Jay Peters / The Verge: Twitch unveils a new tool for streamers and moderators called Suspicious User Detection, which uses ML to detect people attempting to evade bans  —  Suspicious User Detection will be turned on by default  —  Twitch is furthering its efforts to reduce harassment with a new tool … #Twitch #unveils #tool … Read more

Twitter Bans Sharing Photos Of Private Persons Without Consent

Twitter expands its private information policy to include “private media,” which refers to photos and videos captured without a person’s consent. Previously, Twitter’s policy covered the sharing of private information such as phone numbers, addresses, and IDs. In response to a growing concern over the misuse of photos and videos that aren’t available elsewhere on … Read more

Twitter bans sharing private images and videos without consent, with exceptions for newsworthiness and public figures, and will remove reported offending media (Kris Holt/Engadget)

Kris Holt / Engadget: Twitter bans sharing private images and videos without consent, with exceptions for newsworthiness and public figures, and will remove reported offending media  —  Twitter has expanded its private information policy to include media, banning users from sharing photos or videos of a private individual without their permission. #Twitter #bans #sharing #private … Read more

omicron: Japan bans foreign travellers over Omicron, Oz to stay shut – Times of India

The Omicron variant carries a very high global risk of surges, WHO warned on Monday. Scientists said it could take weeks to understand the severity of the variant. The WHO chief called on health ministers’ meet to pursue a new accord on pandemics. The WHO said on Monday the Omicron coronavirus variant carried a very … Read more

omicron: WHO criticises travel bans on southern African countries – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: The World Health Organisation on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant. WHO’s regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, called on countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions. “Travel restrictions … Read more

Video: Flights Canceled at Johannesburg Airport Amid Travel Bans

new video loaded: Flights Canceled at Johannesburg Airport Amid Travel Bans transcript Back transcript Flights Canceled at Johannesburg Airport Amid Travel Bans Travelers at O.R. Tambo International Airport expressed concerns as flights were canceled, after many nations banned travel from southern Africa in an effort to curb the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. [loud … Read more

South Africa’s President Urges Reversing “Unjustified” Travel Bans

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called on countries to reverse travel bans. (File) Johannesburg: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday called on countries to “immediately and urgently” reverse scientifically “unjustified” travel bans linked to the discovery of the new coronavirus variant Omicron. Dozens of nations from Europe to Asia have blacklisted South Africa and … Read more

Travel Bans Over New Covid Variant “Attack Global Solidarity”: World Health Organisation

Omicron Covid Variant: Many countries have already imposed travel restrictions on South Africa. Brazzaville, Congo: The head of the World Health Organization in Africa on Sunday urged countries to follow the science rather than imposing flight bans in a bid to contain the new Omicron coronavirus variant. “With the Omicron variant now detected in several … Read more

Israel and Morocco impose blanket bans on all foreign travelers.

JERUSALEM — Israel over the weekend became the first country to seal its borders to all foreign travelers in response to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, taking a drastic step that appeared more draconian but less discriminatory than other countries’ travel bans. Only four weeks ago, Israel fully re-opened its skies to vaccinated tourists … Read more