WHO chief Gebreyesus: disappointing that countries are blocking flights from Africa because of the omicron
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus criticized states that have imposed restrictions on direct flights to southern African countries due to the omicron strain of COVID-19. He wrote about it on Twitter.
The head of the WHO called it alarming that in some states, arrivals do not recognize negative results of coronavirus tests done in their home countries.
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“It remains disappointing that some countries continue to block direct flights from southern Africa due to the omicron option,” Gebreyesus wrote.
He added that scientists and technological expertise in African countries deserve respect. According to him, they are ready to share information, including data on the omicron variant. This approach helps to ensure “a safer world for all people everywhere,” concluded Gebreyesus.
Earlier, Gebreyesus urged not to “punish” countries that have discovered the omicron strain of the coronavirus. Instead, he advised taking rational and proportionate measures to combat the spread of the infection.
A new strain of coronavirus, code B.1.1.529, was identified in South Africa on November 11. The first confirmed cases of infection were recorded on November 24. The strain was named with the Greek letter “omicron” and have already managed to recognize its danger at the WHO level.