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Why South Africa is restricted from going to other countries, is this punishment ?

Source : www.timeslive.com

Before the elections the number of infections for corona virus have declined and things seemed to be going well. People were going up and down for going into voting stations to try and cast their votes. But after the elections passed the number of corona virus infections have increased.

South african health esxperts sayswe might be approaching another wave which will be the 4th wave. The infections have spiked in an alarming rate and more people are now worried that we might spent christmas in another lockdown like last year. There will be restrictions.

REPORT

The SA government said it had noted the announcements by several countries to institute temporary travel restrictions on the country and parts of the continent.

This comes after this week's detection of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant.The UK was the first to impose a travel ban on Southern African countries on Friday.Travellers from SA, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi have also been banned entry to the US and numerous other countries.

While we respect the right of all countries to take the necessary precautionary measures to protect their citizens, we need to remember that this pandemic requires collaboration and sharing of expertise,” the international relations and co-operation department said in a statement on Saturday.“Our immediate concern is the damage that these restrictions are causing to families, the travel and tourism industries and business.

The department said it had already started speaking to countries that had imposed travel restrictions in the hope they would reconsider.“We also note that new variants have been detected in other countries. Each of those cases has had no recent links with Southern Africa. It’s worth noting that the reaction to those countries is starkly different from cases in Southern Africa,” it said.

This latest round of travel bans is akin to punishing SA for its advanced genomic sequencing and the ability to detect new variants quicker. Excellent science should be applauded and not punished. The global community needs collaboration and partnerships in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The World Health Organisation has pleaded with world leaders not to engage in knee-jerk reactions and has cautioned against the imposition of travel restrictions.”

OPINION

There are South Africans in other countries who are currently planning to spend christmas with their loved onces but since south africa have been restricted from going to other countries, it seems like they will have to spend the christmas alone without their loved once. Other south african think this restrictions are not fair as it is not anyone's fault that there is new varient discovered by south african scientist.

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