South African President is ‘deeply disappointed’ as other countries ban travel due to Omicron Variant

South African President is 'deeply disappointed' as other countries ban travel due to Omicron Variant

South African President is ‘deeply disappointed’ as other countries ban travel due to Omicron Variant

South Africa’s president has condemned travel bans enacted against his country and its neighbours over the new coronavirus variant Omicron. Cyril Ramaphosa said he was “deeply disappointed” by the action, which he described as unjustified, and called for the bans to be urgently lifted.

Mr. Ramaphosa also called on more than 20 countries that have imposed travel bans to and from South Africa and its neighbours to immediately end the ban to avoid further harm to the economies of these countries, which have already been battered by the pandemic.

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it’s not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus.

The World Health Organisation on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant.