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0:00 EU, Canada & The US Pauses Air Travel To African Countries
1:21 EU, Canada & The US: Pauses Air Travel To African Countries
All 27 EU member states agreed on 26 November to temporarily suspend travel from seven southern African nations over the outbreak of a new coronavirus variant, according to the Slovenian EU presidency.
It comes after the European Commission proposed activating the so-called “emergency brake” to the bloc’s shared coronavirus travel rules on 26 November.
Member states agreed to the measure within a matter of hours.
The countries affected reportedly include Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, according to diplomatic sources.
2:13 Emergence of Covid Variant Omicron
The emergence of the new B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant In South Africa, which the WHO has officially named Omicron, sparked international concern, with a growing list of countries announcing travel curbs on countries in the southern African region.
South Africa denounced the imposition of travel restrictions, calling it “draconian,” unscientific, and contrary to WHO advice.
2:51 Status of Air Travel in the EU Member States
The European Union has asked member states to “stop air travel” from the southern African region.
This ban should remain in place “until we have a clear understanding about the danger posed by this new variant,” Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, said in a press release.
3:18 Czech Republic Travel Ban
A ban in the Czech Republic begins on 27 November and applies to third-country citizens who spent more than 12 hours in the southern African region in the past two weeks. Zambia is also on Prague’s “prohibited” list.
3:38 Denmark Travel Ban
3:54 France Travel Ban
4:02 Greece Travel Ban
4:33 Italy Travel Ban
4:58 Spain Travel Ban
5:03 Switzerland Travel Ban
5:10 Canada and The US also Bans Southern Africa
Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced a ban on travellers from seven African countries. Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, over concerns about the spread of a new Covid strain.
There are no direct flights to Canada from the seven nations listed in the ban.
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