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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks to property   connected  November 23, successful  Pretoria, South Africa. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks to property connected November 23, successful Pretoria, South Africa. (Phill Magakoe/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

In an code to the federation connected Sunday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa criticized a increasing database of countries that person instituted question bans against South Africa and its neighbors implicit the emerging Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“We are profoundly disappointed by the determination of respective countries to prohibit question from a fig of confederate African countries including our ain pursuing the recognition of the Omicron variant. This is simply a wide and wholly unjustified departure from the committedness that galore of these countries made astatine that gathering of the G20 countries successful Rome past month,” Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa went connected to database the countries and territories by sanction and called connected the question restrictions to beryllium lifted. 

“These restrictions are wholly unjustified and unfairly discriminate against our state and our confederate African sister countries. The prohibition of question is not informed by science, nor volition it beryllium effectual successful preventing the dispersed of this variant. The lone happening the prohibition connected question volition bash is to further harm the economies of the affected countries and undermine their quality to respond to and besides to retrieve from the pandemic,” helium said.

Ramaphosa praised the country’s scientists for their aboriginal detection of the variant and their enactment successful knowing its imaginable impact.

He said that the Omicron variant is liable for astir of the infections recovered successful the Gauteng state implicit the past 2 weeks and is present appearing successful different provinces. He confirmed that the state is seeing a crisp emergence successful infections.

“If cases proceed to climb, we tin expect to participate a 4th question of infections wrong the adjacent fewer weeks, if not sooner,” helium said. 

Some context: South African scientists person agelong believed a 4th question was connected the mode successful South Africa during this time, thing Ramaphosa reiterated.

“This should not travel arsenic a surprise,” helium said.

Ramaphosa encouraged South Africans to get vaccinated and said that the authorities is exploring vaccine mandates to accelerate vaccine uptake. Currently, astir 35% of the colonisation is vaccinated successful South Africa. He said that the state volition stay astatine coronavirus Level 1, 1 of the country’s lowest levels.

“The coronavirus volition beryllium with america for the agelong term. We indispensable truthful find ways of managing the pandemic portion limiting disruptions to the system and ensuring continuity,” helium said.

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