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Travel restrictions are in place across Turkey, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Romania, Peru, and Russia following an outbreak of the Omicron variant in tourist hotspots around the world.

Travelers from Turkey, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Romania, Peru, and Russia may not fly out of any airport or port of entry. Restrictions are also in place for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, while Thailand, Thailand, Vietnam, Cuba, Laos, India, Lebanon, Libya, Serbia, Tunisia, Syria, Russia, Yemen, Turkey, and the UAE are also facing restrictions.

The Omicron variant (or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS) is a virus that is rarely fatal but has been responsible for a number of deaths. A large number of deaths have been in countries that have popular tourism destinations — Malaysia has recorded 15 cases, Australia has recorded eight, Thailand six, and Oman six, with many of the cases having been among tourists.

SARS was reported to have originated in southern China, and spread to Australia in 2002, before heading to London in 2003. The Asian Union reported 0 SARS cases in the same year. The disease killed more than 800 people worldwide, but fell by 98% in the following year, largely due to the introduction of preventive measures and effective infection control.

Infection with the Omicron variant may cause similar symptoms to SARS. According to the World Health Organization , the following travel and health advice applies.

The Omicron variant is a deadly respiratory virus transmitted by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms may include fever, body aches, shortness of breath, and cough. The symptoms may appear as early as a day or two after the last cough or sneeze. Most infected people recover in less than a week, but many develop serious complications. Although it can be difficult to know whether you’ve contracted the Omicron variant, if you’re infected with another respiratory virus such as H1N1 or influenza, it could be more difficult to treat. For more information, read this WHO website

The WHO has identified the Omicron variant as one of two NCoV strains (hence the names): the more severe NCoV 3127 NQu, and the less severe NCoV 4293 NQu. These two NCoV strains are known to be associated with an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. (The others are NCoV 318, and NCoV 318 SQu.) The NCoV 3127 NQu strains cause higher than normal mortality rates among the elderly and among people with underlying medical conditions. They cause more severe illness in children than in adults and require a more intensive respiratory response to be diagnosed. However, no deaths have been recorded from the cases identified in February 2017.

The NCoV 3127 NQu strains are an important cause of death in patients, and it is estimated that more than 100 patients in Asia have died from NCoV 3127 NQu.

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