A departures screen displays a cancelled flight to Johannesburg at London Heathrow Airport on November 26. The UK is one of many countries to have banned flights from South Africa and other southern African countries, concerned passengers could be infected with the new “Omicron” variant. Photo: AP
A departures screen displays a cancelled flight to Johannesburg at London Heathrow Airport on November 26. The UK is one of many countries to have banned flights from South Africa and other southern African countries, concerned passengers could be infected with the new “Omicron” variant. Photo: AP

South Africa complains flight bans are ‘punishment’ for it detecting Omicron, new Covid-19 variant

  • Many nations have banned flights from countries in southern Africa; South Africa government says ‘science should be applauded, not punished’
  • ‘Variant of concern’ was found first in South Africa but has already been detected elsewhere, including Belgium, Hong Kong, Botswana, Israel

Topic |   South Africa
A departures screen displays a cancelled flight to Johannesburg at London Heathrow Airport on November 26. The UK is one of many countries to have banned flights from South Africa and other southern African countries, concerned passengers could be infected with the new “Omicron” variant. Photo: AP
A departures screen displays a cancelled flight to Johannesburg at London Heathrow Airport on November 26. The UK is one of many countries to have banned flights from South Africa and other southern African countries, concerned passengers could be infected with the new “Omicron” variant. Photo: AP
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