COVID-19 live updates: WHO classifies omicron as ‘a variant of concern’
Information about COVID-19 live updates: WHO classifies omicron as ‘a variant of concern’
The U.S. will be restricting entry for foreign nationals from southern African countries in response to the discovery of omicron, the new COVID-19 variant, said senior administration officials.
According to officials, President Joe Biden will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.
They take effect Nov. 29 and will not apply to American citizens or lawful permanent residents.
In a statement released Friday, Biden urged Americans to get vaccinated and called upon other nations to increase vaccine donations and “match America’s speed and generosity.”
“Finally, for the world community: The news about this new variant should make clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations,” Biden said.
Canada and the United Kingdom announced a similar ban on Friday and Thursday, respectively.