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South Africa informs the world of Omicron. they were banned from travel

People line up to board an Air France flight to Paris at Or Tambo airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 26. The United States, Israel and other European countries have already imposed travel restrictions on South Africa and other countries in the region.

People line up to board an Air France flight to Paris at Or Tambo airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 26. The United States, Israel and other European countries have already imposed travel restrictions on South Africa and other countries in the region. ,

When the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was first identified in South Africa, the country’s scientists informed global health leaders about the new mutation they had found.

Although scientists know little about the new variant and are not sure where it originated, several countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Israel, and the European Union. Announced almost immediate travel restrictions from South Africa and other Southern African countries. The restrictive measures triggered an outcry from some health officials and experts who warn imposing restrictions are premature and could lead to harmful precedent.

“Such restrictions are of little utility,” Saad Omar, director of the Yale Institute of Global Health, told NPR. “Unfortunately, from what we know about the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 and this type of epidemiology, the horse may have left the barn,” Omar said, explaining the high transmission potential of this coronavirus and its variants. Seeing it.

And even though the Omicron variant has been reported in many other countries in Europe, Asia, and North America, travel restrictions have been imposed only on southern African countries. One of the identified cases of the Omicron type in Belgium had no contact with or travel to any nation in southern Africa, suggesting that community spread may have already occurred.