What impact will the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have
Welcoming the news on behalf of South African Tourism , the national tourism agency’s acting director general, Themba Khumalo, said ‘it’s time to step into a brave new world’.
The destination marketing organization called the move ‘a step in the right direction’ and predicted that ‘it will significantly benefit the entire tourism value chain. As custodians of tourism, we believe that the end of restrictions is the tonic the sector needs to accelerate the rebound to pre-pandemic tourist arrival figures and profitability levels’.
Omicron spreads, borders are closed and Biden calls for no
The African countries affected by the European Commission’s decision are seven: South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini. The variant, first detected in South Africa, is provoking a series of reactions worldwide. So far, cases have been observed in South Africa, Botswana, Israel, Hong Kong and Belgium (the first in Europe).
The Netherlands has banned flights from the territory, but some 600 passengers have arrived in Amsterdam East from South Africa and have had to undergo tests. In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro said he will take “rational measures” in the face of the appearance of a new variant of the coronavirus, although he has again spoken out against social isolation measures.In Canada, all residents arriving in the country will have to undergo a coronavirus test and then spend 14 days in quarantine. Rwanda, meanwhile, will reinstate a 24-hour quarantine for all arriving visitors as of November 28. Ireland has announced that quarantine will be mandatory for anyone traveling from African countries.
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Foreign nationals who cannot enter the United States because they have been in one of the eight countries within the previous 14 days will again be allowed to travel on U.S.-bound flights departing after 12:01 a.m. ET on Dec. 31, a senior official said. confirming a Reuters report.
Top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Monday that the restrictions are likely to be lifted “because we have enough infection in our own country … We are allowing in people from other countries that have as much or more infection than southern Africa.”
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Johannesburg, Nov 28 (EFE) – The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, urged Sunday all countries that imposed travel restrictions to southern Africa by the detection of the omicron variant to “urgently reverse their decisions” because they have no “scientific justification”.
For the president, the restrictions are “unjustified” and “unfairly discriminate” against southern African nations, in addition to the fact that “they will not be effective in preventing the spread of this variant”.
“Instead of banning travel, the rich countries of the world must support the efforts of developing economies to access and manufacture sufficient doses of vaccines for their people without delay,” the South African president stressed.
“We are aware that the introduction of such measures is a difficult and complex issue, but if we do not address this seriously and urgently, we will continue to be vulnerable to new variants and will continue to suffer new waves of infections,” he argued.
The discovery of this new variant of the coronavirus, identified as B.1.1.529 and christened with the Greek letter omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO), was announced last Thursday by South African scientists and health authorities, based on samples taken between November 14 and 16.