South Africa – President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has expressed his unhappiness with the European Union over the recent travel ban imposed on southern African countries. The travel ban, which has been related to the finding of the novel highly mutated coronavirus variant Omicron, was termed by the president as unreasonable. According to President Ramaphosa, the outbreak of the Omicron variety should serve as a wake-up message to the rest of the globe that vaccine inequity cannot be tolerated.
“We are disappointed by numerous countries’ decisions to prevent travel from a number of Southern African countries, including our own. Rather than restricting travel, developed countries should help the efforts of developing countries’ economies to get and manufacture adequate vaccine doses for their people as soon as possible. ” Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, declared.
Dr. Edwin Dikoli, Botswana’s Minister of Health, says there are far better ways to deal with this issue than using it to stigmatize southern African countries. “We were worried that there appeared to be efforts to stigmatize the variation and the country in which it was discovered.” Even if the mutation originated in Botswana, detection was viewed as origination in this case, which should not be a concern. The issue should be the presence of the disease, which would prompt everyone to do all they can to prevent it from spreading.
Hatfield province has been the site of 90 percent of new Omicron variant discoveries.The new variation is thought to be the source of the outbreak. Only 24.1% of South Africans are immune to the virus.The new variety has some young people concerned. “Every time I ride public transportation, I feel terrified.” “We have no idea what to expect. The concern is that the outbreak may resurface, this time with a more powerful virus.”
Due to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus type, European member states agreed on Friday to temporarily halt travel from southern African countries. South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe are among the countries affected by the embargo. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the new type has a “high to extremely high” potential of spreading across Europe.
Due to worries about the new omicron variety, the World Health Organization encouraged countries throughout the world not to impose flight bans on southern African countries on Sunday. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa, urged countries to follow science and international health regulations rather than imposing travel restrictions.