New strain: World begins to close borders
The cascade of country restrictions began Thursday night when the United Kingdom announced it would temporarily suspend flights from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.
Singapore has opted to ban entry to all non-residents from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, while returning nationals and permanent residents from any of these countries will be required to spend 10 days at home. Malaysia has also taken similar measures.
Meanwhile, Germany plans to declare South Africa a “virus variant area” as of Friday night, which will mean that airlines will only be able to enter from the country to repatriate German nationals.
The United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries as of Monday. Following advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.
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Las autoridades sanitarias holandesas han confirmado 13 casos de la variante omicron del coronavirus entre los viajeros que llegaron a Holanda desde Sudáfrica. La Organización Mundial de la Salud advierte que el omicron es una “variante preocupante”. “https://t.co/0NbSqwlPIP- The Associated Press (@AP) November 28, 2021
“No es posible saber en este momento si la variante descubierta en Sudáfrica llegará a ser tan dominante como la delta. Quiero esperar que no, pero debemos estar atentos “https://t.co/Ca7m7woMA2- Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) November 28, 2021
Complimenten aan @ggdkennemerland voor het adequate handelen. De reizigers met een positieve testuitslag gaan met hun reisgenoten naar een quarantainehotel, overige passagiers in thuisquarantaine. Zaak is nu om snel te onderzoeken of het om de Omicron-variant gaat. https://t.co/rMpChjGU06- Hugo de Jonge (@hugodejonge) November 26, 2021
Las autoridades mundiales reaccionaron con alarma el viernes ante una nueva variante del coronavirus detectada en Sudáfrica, y la UE, Gran Bretaña e India fueron algunos de los países que anunciaron controles fronterizos más estrictos mientras los científicos trataban de determinar si la mutación era resistente a las vacunas. https://t.co/xX3SVtxYj5- Reuters Health (@Reuters_Health) November 26, 2021
Joe Biden to maintain travel restrictions to the United States
WASHINGTON – The U.S. government announced Friday that starting next Monday it will place restrictions on travelers from South Africa and seven other countries in southern Africa due to the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus dubbed “omicron”.
“As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries,” President Joe Biden said in a statement sent by the White House.
The new restrictions will go into effect Nov. 29 and as information and knowledge of the omicron variant advances, Biden said, further decisions could be made based on what science and the medical team of advisors advise him.
President Biden made the decision after hearing suggestions from his chief medical advisor, Anthony Fauci, and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Controls were established at land ports and at the airport to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country, as there is a lack of capacity for adequate 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.