S.Africa Dismayed At 'punishment' For Honesty Over Omicron Variant
Sumaira FH Published November 27, 2021 | 09:56 PM
South Africa, whose citizens have suddenly become persona-non-grata around the world after the discovery of a new Covid variant in the country, says it is being "punished" and unfairly treated for sounding the alarm
Johannesburg, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Nov, 2021 ) :South Africa, whose citizens have suddenly become persona-non-grata around the world after the discovery of a new Covid variant in the country, says it is being "punished" and unfairly treated for sounding the alarm.
The decision by many countries around the world to ban flights from southern Africa following the discovery of the variant, named Omicron, "is akin to punishing South Africa for its advanced genomic sequencing and the ability to detect new variants quicker," the foreign affairs ministry said in a statement.
"Excellent science should be applauded and not punished," it added.
"New variants have been detected in other countries. Each of those cases have had no recent links with Southern Africa," yet the global "reaction to those countries is starkly different to cases in southern Africa." The World Health Organisation has cautioned against imposing travel restrictions due to Omicron.
South Africa's healh ministry slammed the travel restrictions as "draconian", "panic" and "misdirected" measures which go "against the norms and advice by the WHO".
"We feel some of the leadership of countries are finding scapegoats to deal with what is a worldwide problem," said Health Minister Joe Phaahla.