World Variant Omicron: Morocco suspends for two weeks to its territory
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.
An assessment of the situation "will be undertaken regularly in order to adjust, if necessary, the necessary measures", specified the Moroccan authorities.
The Moroccandecided on Sunday, November 28, to suspend all the direct flights of passengers to Morocco. This suspension will be valid for a period of two weeks from Monday, November 29 at 23:59.
An assessment of the situation "will be undertaken regularly in order to adjust, if necessary, the necessary measures,", explained, in a statement, the Moroccan Interdepartmental Committee for monitoring the pandemic. The modalities of the return flights of people currently present in Morocco have not been specified.
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This drastic measure was taken while Morocco has already banned the access of its territory to nationals of southern African countries after the detection of, identified for the first time in South Africa.
Morocco had previously decided to suspend, from Sunday night, regular flights to and from France, as well as the maritime links, due to the resurgence of the epidemic of Covid-19 in Europe.
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