The US will lift travel restrictions imposed on eight African countries after the appearance of the Omicron

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source: reuters.com

The US will lift travel restrictions imposed on eight African countries after the appearance of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

It will be from December 31. The nations benefiting from the measure are South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi.

The United States will lift the travel restrictions it imposed on eight African countries on December 31 to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus; a White House spokesman reported on Twitter this Friday.

Currently, travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Iswatini (formerly Swaziland), Mozambique, and Malawi are barred from entering the United States, a decision announced on November 26 by the White House "with extreme caution." Reminded. .

A statement from the White House said, "There are two main reasons why the coup took place.

First, because it is known that "existing vaccines effectively protect against the omecron-related serious form (COVID-19), especially after a booster dose."

And also that "international travelers from these countries will not have a significant impact on the number of cases in the United States," since the Omicron variant has already become widespread in the country.

The administration of US President Joe Biden received a shower of criticism for having imposed and maintained these travel restrictions that affect only southern Africa even though the new variant of the coronavirus was spreading at high speed around the world.

More than 3,000 flights were canceled worldwide.

Thousands of Christmas flights have been canceled worldwide as airlines claim the Omicron variant of the coronavirus prevents staff members from performing their jobs.

According to the FlightAware website, some 3,000 flights were canceled worldwide for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In contrast, another 2,000 were canceled on Thursday. In addition, FlightAware pointed out that more than 20% of those canceled this Friday corresponded to trips within, to, or from the United States.

Friday, United Airlines Holdings Inc . canceled more than 100 flights, while Delta Air Lines Inc. suspended about 90.

In an email sent Thursday, United reported that an increase in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 had affected the availability of flight crew and ground personnel. Delta said its cancellations were due to a combination of reasons, including but not limited to possible inclement weather in some locations and the impact of Ómicron.