Africa South Africa World 

European Union lifts flight suspension to Southern Africa

– – The European Union has announced the lifting of suspension on flights to and from Southern Africa, a restriction that was put in place amid the outbreak of the omicron variant. When the restriction was imposed last year, the African Union and United Nations strongly criticized it. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Nigerian counterpart asked the EU countries to reverse the travel ban. Th French presidency of the EU however said on Monday that after a meeting of the bloc’s Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) team, member…

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Africa Southern Africa US World 

United States lifts travel restrictions on Southern African countries

– – The United States government has announced the lifting of travel restrictions on southern Africa countries effective 31st of December, 2021. The travel restrictions were imposed a month ago when all flights from the region were suspended amid the outbreak of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi are amongst the eight countries that will be allowed to resume travels to the US from the start of the New Year. When these travel restrictions were first imposed by the USA and European countries, the United…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana fines airlines flying unvaccinated passengers into the country

– – Ghana has started fining airlines that fly into the country, unvaccinated passengers, as part of measures to enforce its earlier revised protocols for travelers. Last week Ghana said it will demand full vaccination from all international travellers effective December 12, 2021. The country’s Health Service said that it had recorded about 40 percent increase in covid-19 cases at its main airport, the Kotoka International Airport compared with same period last year. Statistics from the GHS also showed that an average of 20 positive cases of covid-19 are being…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

SA President being treated for Covid after West Africa tour

– – President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa is being treated for Covid-19 after testing positive over the weekend. According to the President’s office, Mr. Ramaphosa has mild symptoms and is isolating in Cape Town. The 69-year old South African had just completed his tour of some West African nations-namely Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal. President Ramaphosa adds to the list of several world leaders who have been infected with the virus. The presidency said Mr Ramaphosa and members of his team that travelled in parts of Africa were tested…

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Africa South Africa World 

Omicron: AU, UN criticize travel restrictions on African countries

– – The African Union and United Nations have strongly criticized travel restrictions placed on several Southern African countries following the confirmation of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the restrictions could lead to “travel apartheid”, describing them as “deeply unfair, punitive and ineffective” in stopping the spread of the variant. He said Africans should not be collectively punished for sharing health information with the world. The AU chairperson Chairperson Mahamat Faki said wealthier nations should help the continent increase its vaccination rates…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa protests travel restrictions amid new covid-19 variant

– – The South African government has complained that it is being punished instead of being  applauded for discovering new covid-19 variant Omicron. The  country’s foreign ministry made the statement as countries around the world restrict travel from southern African countries as the variant spread. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the  new variant was being considered as “of concern” due to higher re-infection risk. The new variant  first reported to the WHO from South Africa has  been detected in Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel. Several cases have also been…

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