Johannesburg, South Africa:
South Africa complained Saturday that it’s being “punished” for detecting a brand new Covid-19 variant Omicron which the World Well being Group has termed a “variant of concern” and is extra transmissible than the dominant Delta pressure.
The choice by numerous international locations around the globe to ban flights from southern Africa following the invention of the variant “is akin to punishing South Africa for its superior genomic sequencing and the flexibility to detect new variants faster,” the overseas affairs ministry mentioned in a press release.
“Wonderful science ought to be applauded and never punished,” it mentioned.
The ministry identified that new variants had been found in different components of the world.
“Every of these instances have had no current hyperlinks with Southern Africa, however the response to these international locations is starkly completely different to instances in Southern Africa,” it mentioned.
Israel and Belgium introduced after South Africa that in addition they had detected instances of Omicron.
Authorities insisted that South Africa’s “capability to check and its ramped-up vaccination programme, backed up by a world-class scientific neighborhood ought to give our international companions the consolation that we’re doing in addition to they’re in managing the pandemic”.
With greater than 2.95 million instances and 89,783 deaths, South Africa is the worst-hit nation in Africa by the pandemic.
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