South Africa travel

'Emergence of Omicron was inevitable', says South Africa President as COVID cases increase five-fold

Cyril Ramaphosa said the number of daily infections has increased five-fold in the past week, with nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 tests now returning positive.

published on : 7th December 2021

Isolating South Africa will not help in containing Omicron variant: top epidemiologist

Prof Salim Abdool-Kariman projected a dramatic rise in infections in the coming days but given the variant already surfaced in other countries, a travel ban will really be of little help.

published on : 1st December 2021

One SA traveller's COVID-19 sample different from Delta variant: Karnataka Health Minister

The sample has been sent to a central government laboratory and the final information is awaited, Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said.

published on : 29th November 2021

Covid 'Omicron' fears: Karnataka government asks Centre to ban passengers from South Africa, Hong Kong, Botswana

Karnataka CM Bommai said that an increase in Covid cases is being noticed among the paramedical staff and students who arrived from Kerala.

published on : 28th November 2021

Pakistan bans travel from 6 African countries, Hong Kong amid concern over new Covid variant Omicron

However, Pakistani passengers travelling from these countries "on extreme emergency" will only be allowed after obtaining exemptions, the NCOC said.

published on : 27th November 2021

Bangladesh suspends travel from South Africa amid fears of new COVID-19 variant Omicron

"We must also be cautious about citizens travelling from other countries. We will check if they have received the vaccine and the RT-PCR test," Minister of Health and Family Welfare Zahid said.

published on : 27th November 2021

Covid travel bans on South Africa "draconian", "misdirected": Health Minister Joe Phaahla

Omicron was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24, and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.

published on : 27th November 2021