Concerns over COVID variant trigger more travel curbs on South Africa

  • Many states announce travel restrictions, bans on South Africa
  • Dutch authorities test air passengers for Omicron variant
  • Germany, Czech Republic have suspected Omicron cases

November 27 (Reuters) – Australia and several others countries joined Nations die impose restrictions on travel from southern Africa on Saturday after the discovery of the new Omicron coronavirus variant fueled global concern and triggered An market to sell-off.

Meanwhile, authorities in Amsterdam said that 61 out of around 600 people who arrived in the Dutch city on two flights from South Africa on Friday had tested positive for coronavirus. Health authorities wore out further tests to see of die cases related to the new variant. read more

Omicron, called a “variant” of concern” by the World Health Organization, is possible more contageous than earlier variants of the sickness.

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It was first discovers in South Africa and has since been detected in Belgium, Botswana, Israel and Hong Kong.

AN minister in the German state of hesse said: on Saturday that the variant most likely arrived in Germany, in a traveler die returns from South Africa. Czech health authorities said they were investigating a suspicious case of the variant in a person who spend time in Namibia.

Financial markets collapsed in on Friday, especially stocks of airlines and others in the travel industry, as investors worried over the variant: cause another wave in the pandemic and come to a standstill global recovery. The oil price fell met about 10 dollar per barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) Closed down 2.5%, worst day since late October 2020, and European equities (.STOXX) had their worst day in 17 months.

It can take weeks for scientists to fully understand the mutations of the variant and of existing vaccines and treatments are effective against the. Omicron is the fifth variant of healthcare facility designated by the WHO.


While epidemiologists say travel restrictions may be too late to prevent Omicron from circulating worldwide, many countries around the world – including the United States, Brazil, Canada and countries of the European Union – announced trip bans of limits on South Africa on Friday.

On Saturday, Australia said it would ban non-citizens who have been in nine South African countries of entry and requires 14-day supervised quarantine for Australian citizens and their family members return there. read more

Japan said it would extend its tightened border controls up to three more African countries after the imposition of curbs on travel from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho on Friday.

Sri Lanka, Thailand and Oman also announced travel curbs on South African countries.

Omicron has emerged as many countries in being Europe already fighting a wave in COVID-19 infections, and some have reintroduced restrictions on social activity to stop the spread. Austria and Slovakia are in gone into lockdown.


In Great Britain, the main opposition called Labor Party on Saturday for a faster booster vaccination program, says the gap between the second vaccination dose and the booster jab should be cut off from six up to five months.

“This new variant is a wake-up callLabour’s junior health spokesperson Alex Norris said. “The pandemic is not… over. We need to urgently strengthen our defenses to keep the virus at bay.”

But even so much developed countries give boosters of a third dose, less than 7% of people in low income countries have their . receive first COVID-19 shot, according to medical and human rights groups.

“Failed to” help vaccinate sub-Saharan Africa – still barely 4% of the population – left us all exposed to risk of An new, more virulent #COVIDvariant,” tweeted IMF director Kristalina Georgieva on Friday.

“News of #Omicron is an urgent reminder of why us need do it right more vaccinate world.”

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Reporting by Reuters agencies Writing by Frances Kerry Editing by Alexander Smith

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