- South Africa says it is being punished for discovering a new corona virus variant, Omicron.
- The United States, Britain and Europe have imposed travel bans on South African countries.
- South Africa’s foreign ministry said “the best science should be praised and not punished.”
South Africa has complained that it is being punished for detecting new corona virus strain Omicron following the hasty introduction of worldwide travel bans on flights from South Africa.
“The best science should be praised and not punished,” the South African Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday, according to the BBC.
He said the latest round of travel bans was tantamount to punishing South Africa for its advanced genomic configuration and ability to quickly detect new species.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday labeled Omecron a corona virus as a “variety of concern.”
Investigators in South Africa discovered the first known case on November 9 and reported the situation to the WHO on November 24.
Reuters reports that South Africa has some of the world’s top epidemiologists and scientists who have discovered different strains of the emerging corona virus in their lifetime.
Over the weekend, several countries announced travel bans for travelers from South African countries, including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Iswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Seychelles, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
The United States has said it will ban travel from the region, and that EU member states have plans to ban flights from South Africa.
Britain, Canada and Australia have also introduced sanctions.
South African officials claim the country is facing unfair discrimination.
“The world should help South Africa and Africa and not discriminate or isolate it,” said Professor Tulio de Oliveira, director of the Center for Epidemic Response and Innovation. Tweets.
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“We have been very transparent with scientific information. We have identified, made the data public, and sounded the alarm because the infection is on the rise. We have made this possible for our country and the world,” said Professor D. He did so despite being severely discriminated against, “said Professor D. Oliveira
The government too Asked the question Travel restrictions, such as the Omicron variant have already been found in Europe and Asia.
At a press conference on Friday, Health Minister Joe Fahley said: “The countries that are reacting to this kind of kneeling, strong reaction are fighting their own waves.”
On Friday, the WHO warned against hasty imposition of travel bans on various countries, saying they should adopt a “risk-based and scientific approach”.
The new travel bans came as South Africa hopes to revive its tourism industry after a reduction in epidemics.
“Our immediate concern is the damage that these sanctions are doing to families, the travel and tourism industries and businesses,” South African Minister Nellie Pandor said in a statement.
Malik said it had already begun to include countries that had imposed travel bans to persuade them to reconsider.