Stop harmful travel curbs, says South Africa

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Stop harmful travel curbs, says South Africa
Stop harmful travel curbs, says South Africa   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">DAKAR</span> – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the world needed to resist unjustified and unscientific <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 travel restrictions that mostly hurt developing nations.</p> <p>Global authorities have reacted with alarm https://www.reuters.com/world/spread-omicron-variant-forces-nations-rethink-plans-global-travel-2021-11-29 to the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, which was detected in South Africa, with various countries re-imposing travel curbs.</p> <p>South Africa said on Saturday it was being punished for its advanced ability to detect new variants early, as bans and restrictions threaten to harm tourism and other sectors.</p> <p>“We need to resist unjustified and unscientific travel restrictions that are damaging the economies and sectors of the economies that rely on travel,” Ramaphosa said during a speech at the opening of the China-Africa Summit in Dakar.</p> <p>“There is a world order where a country’s wealth is the difference between sickness and health,” he added.</p> <p>Senegal’s President Macky Sall, who was hosting the summit, replied that Africa was in solidarity with South Africa and Africa “will not close its doors to South Africa.”</p> <p/> </div>