South Africa has complained of being punished instead of being applauded for acquiring the Omicron, a new version of Covid-19.
The Department of Foreign Affairs made the statement as countries around the world banned the movement of people from southern African countries as details of the outbreak surfaced. Preliminary evidence indicates that Omicron has a high risk of recurrence.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the exception was “worrying”. Several cases have been identified in Europe – two in the UK, two in Germany, one in Belgium and one in Italy, and a suspected case in the Czech Republic.
Israel, where the exception has been confirmed, has decided to ban all immigrants from entering the country from midnight on Sunday. The dose will last 14 days, according to the Times of Israel.
Omicron cases have also been found in Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel.
Hundreds of passengers arriving in the Netherlands from South Africa are being tested for a new breed.
Another 61 people on two KLM planes were hoping for a Covid-19 and were housed alone in a hotel near Amsterdam Schiphol airport while undergoing tests, Dutch officials said.