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Biden halts travel restrictions on southern African countries

US had banned entry to visitors from South Africa, seven other nations, due to Omicron outbreak

President Joe Biden has declared an end to the travel ban that barred visitors from eight countries in southern Africa, citing progress made in understanding Omicron, the Covid-19 variant that triggered the restrictions.

Biden said on Tuesday that the controversial travel ban will end on Friday, more than one month after it was imposed.

Critics have claimed that ban was racist, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calling it “travel apartheid.” Biden said his previous order was necessary to buy time while Washington spooled up plans to fight the new strain.


https://ift.tt/2hpq7SJ 29, 2021 at 12:23AM
from RT – Daily news

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