Coronavirus

WHO urges countries to take ‘rational’ measures against Omicron risk

WHO urges countries to take ‘rational’ measures against Omicron risk

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, voiced concern on Tuesday that some states are introducing blanket measures aimed at the Omicron coronavirus variant that he said were “not evidence-based or effective on their own”. Dr Tedros said these were penalising southern African countries that reported …

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COVID-19: Rwanda suspends flights to southern African states

Rwanda suspends flights to southern African states

Authorities in Rwanda have announced new measures including the suspension of flights to and from southern African countries in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. All those attending gatherings like weddings and funerals must be fully vaccinated, the government says. Following the government directives on travel, the …

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Zambia: government takes serious action against unvaccinated people

action against unvaccinated people in Zambia

Zambian authorities have announced that they have taken decisions to prevent all citizens who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus pandemic from accessing administrative buildings. All civil servants should be able to show a proof of vaccination before being admitted to work, although this will be done in consultation …

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COVID-19: UK halts flights from six African countries

UK halts flights from six African countries

British authorities have suspended all flights from South Africa and five other countries in the region in response to the discovery of a highly transmissible new coronavirus variant. From midday GMT on Friday, direct flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini will be suspended until further notice. …

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