Governments around the world are not waiting for scientists to better understand the new variant to impose flight bans and other travel restrictions. Photo: Getty Images/AFP
Governments around the world are not waiting for scientists to better understand the new variant to impose flight bans and other travel restrictions. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

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Coronavirus: will flight bans stop the new Omicron variant from running rampant?

  • The emergence of a new ‘variant of concern’ has renewed debate over whether flight bans and other travel restrictions work to prevent the spread of Covid-19
  • Some say they buy time for new public health measures to be put in place. Others argue they do little to stop the spread and give a false sense of security

Governments around the world are not waiting for scientists to better understand the new variant to impose flight bans and other travel restrictions. Photo: Getty Images/AFP
Governments around the world are not waiting for scientists to better understand the new variant to impose flight bans and other travel restrictions. Photo: Getty Images/AFP
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