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Travel ban by UK and other EU countries unjustified: Phaahla

Travel ban by UK and other EU countries unjustified: Phaahla (

Siyabonga Mkhwanazi 

Joe Phaahla. Picture: Ofentse Ramaboa

Wellbeing Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has scrutinized the choice of the UK and different nations to force a movement prohibition on South Africa after the disclosure of another variation. 

Phaahla said on Friday, during a media preparation, this was inappropriate. 

He said when the researchers reported the infection they were keeping the rules of the World Health Organization. 

The travel industry area and ideological groups have as of now cried foul over the choice of the UK to force a movement prohibition on South Africa. 


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Different nations in the European Union have shown they will stick to this same pattern. 

In any case, Phaahla said this was inappropriate and said there was nothing out of sorts done by South Africa to be hit with a movement boycott. 

"We know that the declaration made by our researchers has made some alarm, frenzy and vulnerability. This is normal in this nature where we are managing a moving objective. 

"We need to guarantee South Africans and the public some response has been uncalled-for. Everything we did with our researchers was to be in accordance with the standards and norms as endorsed by the World Health Organization as the world local area, in any difficulties with the world all in all we should act with straightforwardness," Phaahla said. 

He said the researchers have tracked down the progressions in the cosmetics of the infection. 

He said the researchers at no stage observed that this variation was most the contagious. 

He said South Africa didn't merit being put on the movement boycott and that the UK and different nations acted carelessly. 

The researchers have likewise said it is still too soon to say how the infection will unfurl, he said. 

"I need to accentuate at this stage, as our researchers were revealing, at no stage did they say this infection is the most contagious. They underlined that this is a beginning phase on the points of interest of how this infection will unfurl," Phaahla said. 

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