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Controls were put in place at land ports and at the airport to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country, as there is a lack of capacity for proper medical testing or treatment. So far, samples are being sent to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.

Flights to and from Europe, Reunion Island and Mayotte are suspended. There have been no reported cases of carriers of the virus in question, but Malagasy nationals stranded in Seychelles, in India and on Reunion Island, under medical supervision until they comply with the quarantine dictated by WHO, also for fear of not having the necessary capacities to contain it once it enters the island. They must return to the island by March 19 at the latest.

A 14-day quarantine is applied to passengers from China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Germany and France. Stringent border controls, particularly at crossings with South Africa, are in place to keep Mozambique free of the virus.


Meanwhile, the South African government feels “chastised”, as it believes that restrictions on flights from its territory are basically penalizing its advanced ability to detect variants faster than others.

At least 61 passengers on two flights from South Africa have tested positive for coronavirus tonight after landing in Amsterdam, where they were subjected to a PCR upon arrival in the Netherlands when the ban on flights from southern African countries came into force, although it is still being studied whether they carry the new omicron variant.

A health team went to Amsterdam airport, where a flight from Johannesburg and another from Cape Town had landed, to test its 600 passengers, in application of a Dutch restriction on air traffic from southern Africa due to fears of the new strain.

Although Health Minister Hugo de Jonge stressed that the new mutation had not yet been officially detected in the Netherlands, he did say that, based on what is known about other variants, the situation could change rapidly and therefore it was necessary to “slow down the arrival of this variant as much as possible”.

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The presidency of the Council has informed in a message on social networks of the agreement reached within the Integrated Political Response to Crises (IPCR) and has also asked the EU-27 to require testing and quarantine of passengers coming from these areas.

The decision coincided on Friday with the first confirmed case in Europe of a patient infected with the new variant ‘Nu’. It is a Belgian woman with symptoms of coronavirus who returned from a trip to Egypt 15 days ago.

Representatives of the EU-27 met in the early afternoon at the proposal of the European Commission to activate the “emergency brake”, which allows the closure of the external border with certain countries where variants of interest or concern are located.

Brussels took the initiative in response to the request of several Member States to take the step in this direction and the issue has received the support of the other partners at a meeting held in the EU capital in the framework of the IPCR at technical and ambassadorial level.

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The South African leader called for the restrictions to be reversed as soon as possible because they would do little or nothing to stop the cases of Omicron that have already been detected around the world in places like the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia.

Several countries have blacklisted South Africa and its neighbors for travel after the World Health Organization (WHO) found that Omicron was a “variant of concern,” meaning it is potentially more contagious than others.

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