Omicron: South Africa, Botswana fight travel restrictions

South Africa Travel Ban

Travellers queue at a check-in counter at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron.

Photo credit: Phill Magakoe| AFP

What you need to know:

  • Omicron is regarded as a heavily mutated Covid-19 variant and is feared to be more transmissible and evades vaccines
  • Both countries have been placed on the UK red list of travel restrictions and more countries have joined in imposing the travel bans

South Africa says it is being punished for detecting new Covid-19 variants quicker while Botswana claims the Omicron variant was brought into their country by diplomats. 

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