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Travel bans punish SA for its excellent science, says international relations

According to international relations, travel prohibitions are a punishment for South Africa's outstanding scientific achievements.

The South African government stated that it had taken note of the declarations by a number of countries to impose temporary travel restrictions on the country and some portions of Africa.

This follows on the heels of the discovery of the novel Covid-19 Omicron variety earlier this week.

On Friday, the United Kingdom became the first country to impose a travel restriction on countries in southern Africa.

Entry into the United States and a slew of other nations has been denied to citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi, among others.

On Saturday, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation issued a statement saying, "While we recognize that all countries have the right to take the necessary precautionary measures to protect their citizens, we must keep in mind that this pandemic necessitates collaboration and the sharing of expertise."

We are particularly concerned about what these limitations are doing to families, the travel and tourist industries, and small businesses.

The Department of State stated that it had already begun communicating with countries that had implemented travel restrictions in the hopes that they would reconsider their decision.

Furthermore, we have discovered novel variants in other nations," the researchers write. Each of those cases has no recent ties to the continent of Southern Africa. This must be noted because the response to those countries is vastly different from the response to instances in Southern Africa," the report stated.

According to the United Nations, "this newest wave of travel bans is equivalent to punishing South Africa for its sophisticated genetic sequencing and ability to detect novel variations more quickly." Excellent science should be praised rather than criticized or penalized. In order to effectively manage the Covid-19 epidemic, the international community must collaborate and form partnerships.

In a request to world leaders not to react in a hasty manner, the World Health Organization has warned against imposing travel restrictions.

Head of the World Health Organization's emergency response team 'We've seen in the past that the minute there's any discussion of any kind of difference, everyone closes borders and restricts movement," Dr. Michael Ryan explained. It is critical that we maintain an open mind and remain focused."


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