Sport COVID-19: South Africa feels punished after its revelations on the Omicron Variant

02:05  27 november  2021
02:05  27 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

South Africa tries to calm fears over new Covid variant 'Omicron'

  South Africa tries to calm fears over new Covid variant 'Omicron' Belgium revealed a case of the variant - named 'Omicron' by the WHO overnight - prompting EU chiefs to call for an 'emergency brake' on all travel from southern Africa after it was found in Israel.South African medics moved to calm a wave of panic over a new ultra-infectious and vaccine resistant Covid strain today as its arrival in Europe sparked fears of a new Christmas shutdown.

Un personnel de santé porte le masque à Soweto, en Afrique du Sud, le 26 novembre 2021. © Reuters - Siphiwe Sibeko Healthy personnel carries the mask in Soweto, South Africa, November 26, 2021.

Revelation of the presence of a new variant caused a world shock wave. Baptized "Omicron" by the World Health Organization and considered a source of concern. A hundred cases have been identified in South Africa, but its origin remains unknown. And yet, countries around the world close their borders in South Africa and several southern African countries. South Africa feels released after making its revelations.

with our correspondent in Johannesburg, Romain Song

"We are punished for being transparent": This is the feeling expressed by Professor Tulio de Oliveria, one of the researchers behind the discovery of the Omicron variant. Foreign border chain closures are desolate the South African authorities.

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Part of the reactions is "unjustified" reacted the Minister of Health pointing to the European countries and the United Kingdom. "We have to work together rather than punishing each other," said Minister Joe Phaahla warning against the search for an emissary goat.

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if it is impossible to say for the moment when the variant appeared first, it is in South Africa that it propagates quickly. The number of cases of variant contaminations are increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa according to the World Health Organization.

This variant accompanies an early fourth epidemic wave whose power should be monitored by all the countries of the world.

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