Ramaphosa calls on countries to lift ‘unscientific’ travel bans

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Sunday evening sparked much reflection on the changes to travel to and from South Africa. The president has absolutely torn himself apart in countries that have issued travel bans from South Africa. From “unscientific” to “discriminatory”, our president certainly did not mince his words. The number of COVID tests that come back positive fell from 2% to 9% last week.

Despite this and the discovery of the new Omicron variant, the country will remain at Lockdown Level 1 for the time being.

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Ramaphosa denounces world travel bans for AS after Omicron discovery

Let’s start by getting around the country with our own public transport. Ramaphosa revealed that discussions are now officially underway to consider making vaccines mandatory. A special team will make recommendations to Cabinet.

Areas under study include the use of buses and taxis. This week, Business For South Africa called for a warrant that would only allow people who have been vaccinated to travel by taxi.

So what about all the international travel bans South Africa currently faces? Ramaphosa says the government is deeply disappointed with the decision. He also says that the countries that put us on the red list are going against a commitment made at the G20 summit.

“These restrictions are unjustified and unfairly discriminatory against our country and our sister countries in southern Africa. The travel ban is not informed by science, nor will it be effective in preventing the spread of this variant.

The only thing the travel ban will do will be further damage the economies of the affected countries and undermine their ability to respond to and recover from the pandemic. “

President Cyril Ramaphosa

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World Health Organization stands with Africa

The World Health Organization is clearly on our side. Just as Ramaphosa was speaking, the world body issued a statement slamming the decision to put African countries on the red list.

WHO says all countries that ban travel must wake up and follow the science.

“Travel restrictions may help reduce the spread of COVID-19 slightly, but place a heavy burden on life and livelihoods. If restrictions are implemented, they should not be unnecessarily invasive or intrusive and should be science-based.

As investigations continue on the Omicron variant, WHO recommends that countries take a scientific and risk-based approach and put in place measures that can limit its possible spread. Flight bans have been imposed on countries in southern Africa, but so far only two have detected the new variant. Meanwhile, countries in other regions have reported cases of Omicron.

World Health Organization

President Cyril Ramaphosa said the current lockdown restrictions would be reassessed in 7 days.

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