Travel to mozambique from south africa during lockdown

The Beast: The Death Train | PART 1

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On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization designated B.1.1.529 as a “variant of concern” and although little is actually known about it, government concerns in several countries have soon translated into new travel restrictions.

Some of the first measures have involved blocking flights from southern Africa (where the variant was first detected) or quarantining people arriving from there.

The truth is that cases of Omicron have already appeared in countries such as Germany, Canada, the United States, Italy, Israel and Hong Kong. It is worth noting that in most of these countries, the Delta variant still dominates at present.

Entry ban for all non-citizens who have been to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa and Zimbabwe as of November 12. Canadian citizens and residents who have been in those countries will be allowed to enter, but must present a negative PCR test to board their flight to Canada, undergo another test upon arrival, and quarantine in a hotel until a negative result is presented. They must then quarantine at home for another 14 days.

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The Presidency of the Council has informed in a message on social networks of the agreement reached within the Integrated Policy 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.

Geopolitics

Between Tanzania and South Africa we find the coastline of Mozambique, which stretches for more than 2500 km. Here we find paradisiacal beaches, turquoise blue waters, coral reefs, a lively capital and a melting pot of ancient cultures that have been crossing the waters of the Indian Ocean for millennia.

The trip can start with the less obvious: if the most famous attractions are located in the southern part of Mozambique, in the north we find beaches, islands and landscapes better preserved from human action, and the local cultures are more distant from the European influence that still lingers in the capital.

Pemba is one of the first important stops on the trip. This port city, built in the early 20th century on a peninsula in Pemba Bay, is now the provincial capital of Cape Delgado. It is a pleasant and relaxing place, located near white sandy beaches lined with palm trees and baobabs.

Further south, in the province of Nampula, it is necessary again to look towards the sea, and find the Island of Mozambique, one of the most emblematic places of the country. With a population mostly belonging to the Makua ethnic group (dominant in the north of Mozambique), the island was occupied by the Arabs in the 9th century, and the arrival of Vasco da Gama in 1498 marked the beginning of Portuguese rule.

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Among the measures to be incorporated to replace the suspension of flights, it is being considered to demand a PCR test for all travelers coming from the African region, even for those already vaccinated. According to Bloomberg, with this alternative, the EU is considering the possibility of reactivating the air travel route within a week, when the 14 days of restrictions announced by the EU-27 come to an end.

The suspension of flights to contain the spread of the omicron variant has been strongly criticized by both the South African government and the World Health Organization (WHO), calling the veto “unjustified, draconian and counterproductive”, according to South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla. For her part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Naledi Pandor, denounced the suspension of flights as a “punishment” for the country’s “advanced genetic sequencing capacity and its ability to detect new variants”, after confirming the first positive result for the B.1.1.529 mutation in a sample taken on 9 November.

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