Omicron travel bans: Do we know it came from South Africa? | DW News

Authorities around the world are rushing to contain the new omicron coronavirus variant. There’s evidence it’s already spreading globally. Germany has detected two cases in Munich among passengers arriving on a flight from South Africa. Researchers say it could be the most contagious form of the virus so far, and it might even be resistant to current vaccinations.
Dozens of countries have shut down air travel from South Africa and neighboring nations including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
It was bad news for at least 60 passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 after flying to Amsterdam from South Africa.
Officials are carrying out further testing to find out if they are infected with the new omicron variant.
The UK has confirmed its first cases and is reintroducing restrictions for travelers until more is known about the strain.
The World Health Organization has called omicron a variant of concern – with scientists still unclear about its potential dangers.
As travelers scramble to leave South Africa, officials there have criticized the world’s reaction to the discovery of the new variant. The foreign ministry said it was being punished rather than applauded for detecting Omicron.
Australia, Japan and Canada were among a number of other countries which announced travel restrictions – as the world faces another festive season plagued by pandemic woes.


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40 thoughts on “Omicron travel bans: Do we know it came from South Africa? | DW News

  1. They are trying by all means to Africanize Coronavirus, this Omicron virus originated in Europe ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  2. Foreign governments have to be careful now. If you punish a country for discovering a new variant and immediately pass blame onto them, you create a situation where the country is better off not disclosing any information. We need as many countries to participate to combat this pandemic.

  3. Actually now we find out that the Omicron was first detected in diplomats who were visiting our countries in Aftica from the same countries that banned us from visiting their countries, Amazing!
    This is humanity at its best!
    Even I didn't see that one coming.

  4. I don't know why everyone is surprised, it's just another stab in the back in a long, tired list of stabs by the west towards South Africa. It's a shame our limp wrist government is what it is because it sure would be nice to be reciprocal, but alas – we remain slaves to our erstwhile colonial masters' Euros and Pounds.

  5. SA, stop reporting new variants.. no good deeds goes unpunished! โ€ฆ.
    Just try and hide it next timeโ€ฆ nothing will happen to you, look at how China was treated.

  6. This new Variant is not from South Africa. It originated from Belgium since 3rd of November 2021. And they covered it and put the Blame on Africa and South Africa for exposing this dangerous Covid Variant because they have the best DETECTION FACILITIES AND SETUPS.
    Shame on the western Governments and their news outlets for always blaming Africa and then continuing to pour to Africa in droves to STEAL and LOOT Africaโ€™s
    Natural Resources etc.
    This COVID 19 Variant originated from Europe. In Belgium.

  7. In future if any country will find out a new coronovirus variant in their country, I don't think so they will inform about it to WHO. Because in return they get a travel ban which directly impact their economy. Also it isn't even effective.

  8. Thanks South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ for your honest reports on the Wuhan viruses variant. WHO and CCP China are murders by misleading Wuhan viruses information. CCP CHINA INTENTIONALLY RELEASED THE ARMY OF WUHAN VIRUSES carriers to the world. All countries should ask compensation from pathological liar CCP China.

  9. Lock them up & protect them from the world's biggest diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, bypass surgery, heartattack & stroke. Every 4 mins in the US a person is added to the kidney transplant list. Protect them from cafes, restaurants & pubs. Covid is a drop in the ocean ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘. When someone knows what it's like to use 75% of your ability to do a 4% effort, then you'll avoid stroke at all costs. Time for a communist heath care card system to protect people, to live healthier lives.
    ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅจ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‡๐ŸŒฏ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅญ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅฅ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿซ๐Ÿซ’๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿง‡๐Ÿฅฏ๐Ÿฅ–๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ•๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฅจ๐Ÿฅช๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ—๐Ÿฅฉ๐Ÿซ”๐Ÿง†๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿฆž๐Ÿซ•๐Ÿซ•๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆž๐Ÿค๐Ÿฆช๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿฅฃ๐Ÿฑ๐ŸฅŸ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿก๐Ÿฅก. We eat to live not live to eat๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

  10. Hence China tried to cover the virus from the beginning, just to avoid backlash and discrimination. Causing the world to suffer from just by protecting its dignity. Had South Africa move just like China, what would have been the position of the world in about a month from now.

  11. I see it both ways folks.
    Given the news that they're now finding cases in Europe from prior to the discovery in SA. It's absolutely debatable that it originated in SA.

    We have to also remember that the most documented cases of it are there and we know absolutely nothing definitive yet.

    On the other hand
    Travel bans do not work UNLESS you just shut down travel entirely and no one is willing to take that step.

    I applaud SA for not hiding this. I know several people in SA and they are absolutely great folks.

    So far
    It seems to present a milder that than MSM is presenting. Hopefully that will remain the case.

    Godspeed y'all
    Stay safe
    Stay sane
    Live life
    Love your neighbor
    Laugh often, especially at yourself.

  12. If you want to get into the US just fly to Mexico and walk across the border you know that the Biden administration is not gonna stop anybody for Omaha Cron there.

  13. Tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants

    'WHO, in collaboration with partners, expert networks, national authorities, institutions and researchers have been monitoring and assessing the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 since January 2020. During late 2020, the emergence of variants that posed an increased risk to global public health prompted the characterisation of specific Variants of Interest (VOIs) and Variants of Concern (VOCs), in order to prioritise global monitoring and research, and ultimately to inform the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.'

    Source: World Health Organization

    (If you want, come in and do research. Have fun)

  14. let's be honest…we ALL know where ALL this was created and came from and it wasn't Africa ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜’ the irony, we getting punished for being transparent, yet had transparency not been silenced from the start, the world would be ok now!


  16. Honestly a miracle how South Africa is still friendly! They way the world treats them for being open about everything to the people of the world. The world needs to treat South Africa a lot better.

  17. South Africa did what it had to (unlike the a so-called superpower which tried everything to hide it, with due assistance from WHO), ie alerting everyone, this alone will save significant cases in other countries, and for that we need to appreciate them.

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