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UN Secretary-General: travel ban because of Omicron is unfair

UN Secretary-General: travel ban because of Omicron is unfair

UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutierrez has said today that imposing travel restrictions affecting several countries and regions as measures to stop the spread of the new Omicron variant is unfair and ineffective.

"Until the virus knows no borders, travel bans that isolate a country or region are extremely unfair and even ineffective," Guterres told a news conference.

Gutierres also called for an increase in the number of tests for all passengers as it is the only way to reduce the risk of the new mutation spreading.

"This is the only way to reduce the risk of spreading the infection and at the same time enable economic commitment," Guterres added.

According to the World Health Organization the risk from Omicron is very high, but also the WHO has added that the ban on travel from the continent is an attack of global sodality.

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