Variant of Concern
“VARIANT OF CONCERN” WHO declared Omicorn “highly transmissible”. Omicorn was firstdetected in South Africa this week. The whole world is on high alert- air operations suspended, emergency meetings of health officials were held and markets dropped. But this variant has already slipped through the crack. Israel, Netherland, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Hong Kong and Australia all have this new evil guest.
Omicorn Variant & Pakistan
Pakistan has imposed restriction on flight operations of six countries – South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia as well as Hong Kong. NCOC has declared “a complete ban has been placed on direct [and] indirect inbound travel from these countries with immediate effect.”
Asad Umar Federal Planning and Development Minister said same in a tweet
“Based on the emergence of the new covid variant, notification has been issued [to] restrict travel from 6 South African countries and Hong Kong,” he said, adding that the “emergence of new variant makes it even more urgent to vaccinate all eligible citizens 12 years and older”.
Omicorn and the Globe
Apart from Pakistan a long list of countries have banned flights from Southern Africa. Angola is the first Southern African who has banned all flights from its neighbors. Qatar, the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Morocco and Indonesia
“We are raising a red flag,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said. Ten million PCR test kits would be ordered to stem the “very dangerous” strain.
In Britain, Health Secretary Avid Javid said “new COVID-19 rules will be enforced from Tuesday”.
Austia has bocome the first EU country who declared the compulsory vaccination for all citizens despite protests.
Germany and France has imposed the restrictions again.
Swiss voters backed a proposed COVID-19 pass law in a referendum on Sunday.
Be Patient and Don’t Over React
Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, told AFP “clinical picture that doesn’t fit Delta”, “had seen 30 patients over the past 10 days who tested positive for COVID-19 and they fully recovered without hospitalization”.
Coetzee also declared, it was unfortunate that Omicron had been hyped as “this extremely dangerous virus variant” when its virulency was still unknown.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday “praised […] South Africa’s government for its transparency in sharing this information, which should serve as a model for the world”.
However WHO has warned any over reaction against this variant without proper research.
Cyril Ramaphosa, South African President has asked countries to “urgently” reverse “scientifically unjustified” travel bans linked to the discovery of the new coronavirus variant, Omicron.
“We call upon all those countries that have imposed travel bans on our country and our southern African sister countries to immediately and urgently reverse their decisions,” he said on Sunday in his first address to the nation following last week’s detection of the new variant”.