- WHO censures travel prohibitions on southern Africa; more nations validate omicron cases.
- Passengers are ready to board international flights at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Sunday.
- The World Health Organization on Sunday asked countries around the world not to command flight prohibitions on southern African countries due to concerns over the latest omicron variant.
WHO censures travel bans imposed by many countries on southern Africa:
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday asked nations around the world not to command flight prohibitions on southern African countries due to concerns over the latest omicron variant.
WHO’s provincial director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, called on nations to follow science and international health laws to avoid using travel constraints.
“Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of COVID-19 but place a huge burden on lives and livelihoods,” Moeti announced in a statement. “If limitations are implemented, they should not be unnecessarily invasive or intrusive, and should be scientifically based, according to the International Health Regulations, which is a legitimately binding instrument of international law recognized by over 190 nations.” Source – cbc.ca
Moeti commended South Africa for following international health laws and talking WHO as soon as its national laboratory recognised the omicron variant.
“The pace and transparency of the South African and Botswana governments in informing the world of the new variant are to be commended,” Moeti stated. “WHO stands with African countries which dared to boldly share life-saving public health data, helping protect the world against the spread of COVID-19.” Source – cbc.ca
Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus rose in nations on opposing sides of the world Sunday, and several governments hurried to close their borders even as scientists warned that it’s not clear if the new variant is more serious than other versions of the virus.