RIO DE JANEIRO:Brazil will shut its borders to vacationers arriving from six southern African nations, the chief of workers to President Jair Bolsonaro stated on Friday, the newest in a slew of main nations to announce restrictions meant to fight the newly recognized Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
“Brazil will shut its aerial border to 6 nations in Africa as a result of new coronavirus variant,” Chief of Workers Ciro Nogueira wrote in a Twitter submit. “We’re going to guard Brazilians on this new part of the pandemic on this nation. The official discover can be revealed tomorrow and can be going into impact on Monday.”
The six nations are: South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, he stated in one other Twitter submit.
Brazilian well being regulator Anvisa had advisable earlier on Friday that journey be restricted from some African nations as a result of detection of the brand new COVID-19 variant.
The European Union and a number of other nations, together with Britain and the US, have additionally introduced tightened border controls as researchers examine whether or not the brand new mutation is vaccine-resistant.
Brazil’s Well being Ministry stated in observe earlier on Friday that the brand new B.1.1.529 variant poses a possible future risk, however that its epidemiological influence was unclear.
Bolsonaro advised journalists earlier within the day he was contemplating taking measures associated to the variant however continued to emphasise that he was in opposition to extreme restrictions.
“Brazil can’t deal with one other lockdown. There’s no use getting terrified,” he stated after a army occasion in Rio de Janeiro. “I’m going to take rational measures.”
The World Well being Group has cautioned nations in opposition to rapidly imposing journey restrictions as a result of variant, recommending as a substitute a “risk-based and scientific strategy.”
In its technical observe, Anvisa stated that foreigners who’ve been to not less than one of many six African nations cited within the prior 14 days shouldn’t be allowed to land in Brazil, whereas Brazilians arriving from these nations ought to be required to quarantine.
The information of the variant hammered journey shares in Brazil all through Friday.
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