Earlier in November, a new type of coronavirus was detected in South Africa and last Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there were some cases.
The new variant has been named omikron and is a more powerful mutation where there is a greater risk of re-infection.
In recent days, several cases of the new variant have been detected in different countries and this has led, among other things, to the UK, EU and USA choosing to impose a travel ban on South Africa.
On Sunday, South African President Matamila Cyril Ramaphosa stepped down and said he was “deeply disappointed” by the ban and demanded it be lifted as soon as possible. He argued that there was no scientific basis for the ban, and argued that the country was discriminated against, which is unacceptable BBC News I also mentioned on.
The President: The economy is affected
Rambauza also said the travel ban would not prevent the spread of the new form.
“The only travel ban that will do is damage the economies of the affected countries and undermine their ability to respond to and recover from the pandemic,” Ramaphosa said in a speech on Sunday, according to BBC News.
Ramaphosa said new variants of the virus are inevitable until all people are vaccinated, and he urged more people to get vaccinated. So far, about seven percent of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but in South Africa there should be no shortage of vaccine.
On Saturday, South Africa’s foreign ministry said it should have received applause for discovering the new alternative, rather than punishing the outside world.
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