The world fears the new South African Covid-19 variant, called 501Y.V2, and which has spread beyond SA.
New US President Joe Biden is set to add South Africa on the list barring non-US citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting Saturday 23 January 2021.
This is according to senior U.S. health official who spoke to Reuters over the weekend.
Biden on Monday is also reimposing an entry ban on nearly all non-U.S. travellers who have been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders.
“We are adding South Africa to the restricted list because of the concerning variant present that has already spread beyond South Africa,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, in an interview Sunday 24 January.
She added the agency was “putting in place this suite of measures to protect Americans and also to reduce the risk of these variants spreading…”.
Former President Donald Trump directed on 18 January 2021 that those restrictions on Brazil and Europe no longer be in place but seems Biden has reversed that.
Some health officials are concerned that current vaccines may not be effective against the South African variant.
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