The US will lift travel restrictions on southern African countries at the end of the year

A group of travelers waits at an International Airport (Alberto Valdés /)

The president of United States, Joe Biden, will withdraw on December 31 the restrictions he imposed on traveling to southern African countries Due to the appearance of the Omicron variant, as the White House announced this Friday.

“On December 31, the president will lift temporary travel restrictions on South African countries”Government spokesman Kevin Muñoz said on the social network Twitter.

Muñoz has valued that the restrictions have given the US authorities time to understand the new variant. “We already know that existing vaccines work with Omicron,” he stressed.

Although he has not expressly mentioned it in his ‘tweet’, it would be the measure adopted on November 29 to prohibit the entry of flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

The Omicron variant raised the alarms of many governments. How it happened with each variant of COVID-19 that appeared in the world, we are learning more about the characteristics of each mutation as the days go by. South Africa is the country where this new variant was registered for the first time on November 22 and from that moment the world was altered again before the threat of new waves due to the advance of the variants Omicron and Delta and the need to vaccinate the majority and accelerate the third doses is growing.

A person receives the dose count the covid
A person receives the dose to count the covid (Welcome Velasco /)

A number of studies show that Omicron is milder than other strains, and the first official report from the UK reveals that the risk of hospitalization is between a 50 and 70 percent lower than Delta.

“Booster vaccines are known to protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of overcoming the pandemic,” health officials have repeatedly said. Dr Emily Lawson, director of the NHS COVID vaccination program, said that “getting your first, second or booster dose has never been easier.”

New data from the ZOE Covid symptom study shed light on the most common signs of the Omicron strain. Loss of appetite appears as a particular symptom.

Losing your appetite is probably one of the worst things that can happen during Christmas when people have a hearty meal in front of them and to share with their loved ones. The aforementioned study compared symptoms reported by people who tested positive for Delta or Omicron variants.

The experts said: “The collaborator reports also identified loss of appetite and mental confusion as common symptoms.” And they added: “These findings align with a small batch of data from collaborators who reported that their positive PCR results were suspected or confirmed Omicron infections. “

(With information from Europa Press)


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