The Biden Administration is implanting travel restrictions from 8 African nations due to the new COVID-19 B.1.1.529 variant, known as “Omicron” named by the WHO.
The South Africa Travels Will be Restricted
The 8 African nations from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi have a travel restriction order from Biden’s administration effective on Monday over to the emerging and new coronavirus variant named “Omicron”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) emerged a meeting on Friday for the particular strain that is now a new prominent Covid-19 omicron labeled as “variant of concern,”. In addition, the health experts are deeply concerned about the transmissible of the omicron variant which is particular for its unusual constellation of mutations and a description that is different from other variants.
Furthermore, the White House infectious disease expert Doctor Anthony Fauci states that America is in rush to obtain the information on B.1.1529, as well he emphasized that there is not enough information for immediate action then he added that scientists need more information on the variant’s molecular makeup to test for it.
Biden addresses the importance of vaccines and urges the American people to be fully vaccinated and receive the boosters shoots right away as soon as they’re eligible.
Friday, CNN published a report about Fauci’s statements that the U.S. and South African scientists will conduct a meeting towards the new variant and its molecular makeup. though Fauci said that zero cases of the new variant have been detected in the U.S.
The New Strain of Coronavirus Named Omicron
Omicron has a high number of mutations of the new variant has led to concerns by the WHO in which regards to transmissibility, immune system evasion, and vaccine resistance. As a result of the rapid growth of the variant, the travel restriction was implemented by several countries to limit or slow its international spread.
The new Strain of Coronavirus B.1.1.529 variant or better known as Omicron, is a variant of SARS-CoV-2. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is the first known confirmed case of omicron that was found in Botswana African last November 9, from a specimen that was collected that day. Moreover, an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to others. The number of cases in this variant happens to be more increasingly prominent in most of the provinces in South Africa.