Omnicron: Africa WHO head urges world countries to follow science instead of flight bans

Omnicron: Africa WHO head urges world countries to follow science instead of flight bans

Omnicron variant: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa Sunday urged world countries to follow science rather than imposing flight bans.

This comes in the wake of the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

“With the Omicron variant now detected in several regions of the world, putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity,” said WHO regional director general Matshidiso Moeti.

The Omicron variant now casts doubt over global efforts to battle novel coronavirus around the globe.

World over fears is rising as it is highly infectious, transmissible that is forcing countries to reimpose travel bans.

Scientists of the world are racing to determine the level of threat posed by the new Omicron variant.

There is a growing concern, particularly whether it can evade the existing vaccines against Omicron or not.

As per a South African doctor, dozens of her patients suspected of Omicron variant show only mild symptoms such as fatigue.

A number of countries have already imposed travel restrictions on South Africa; these include key travel hub Qatar, the US, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Netherlands.

The novel coronavirus is fatal and has claimed many lives since it became a pandemic. In 2020, the world countries had imposed stiff restrictions like complete lockdowns.

These have been unprecedented times for the people and the scientists’ as well. Earlier, the WHO team containing experts from various countries had even visited Wuhan, China.

A deeper probe was launched into the origins of the coronavirus. The United States has been consistently accusing China of hiding the reality behind the coronavirus origins.


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