COVID-19: “unfair, punitive and ineffective” border closures

COVID-19: border closures & ldquo; unfair, punitive and ineffective & rdquo;

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Faced with the Omicron variant, border closures are “deeply unfair, punitive and ineffective,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, calling for more testing for travelers. & nbsp;

“With a virus truly without borders, the travel restrictions which isolate a country or a region are not only deeply unjust and punitive, they are ineffective”, he asserted during a press briefing, denouncing the “Scandal” of condemnation of Africa for not being sufficiently vaccinated.

Referring to South Africa, which reported the appearance of Omicron on November 24 and saw borders close to its nationals, the UN chief said that countries should not “be collectively punished for having identified and shared crucial scientific and health information with the world”.

It is “Unjust” and “immoral”, he repeated.

Present at his side, the President of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, also denounced the “unjustifiable stigma” of the African continent.

“For being transparent (. ..), the whole of southern Africa has suffered sanctions, ”he lamented, citing the border closures to its citizens.

“ Less than 6% of Africans are vaccinated “, He said, calling for international solidarity to increase their protection.

“I call on all governments to instead consider repeated tests for travelers, as well as other appropriate and truly effective measures”, also stressed Antonio Guterres. “This is the only way to reduce the risk of transmission while allowing travel and economic engagement,” he added.

The new strain of COVID-19 has been spotted on all continents, but Europeans seem to be the most affected and have started, like other countries in the world, to tighten their health restrictions again, with border controls, travel bans to southern Africa or the mask mandatory in transport and shops.

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