Coronavirus

Regulators recommend lifting travel restrictions on African countries

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Anvisa, Brazil’s federal health regulatory agency, recommended that the government review its entry restrictions on travelers arriving from six countries in southern Africa. The barriers were enforced late in November to contain the spread of the Omicron variant — first identified in the region.

Regulators now say that singling out the six nations in question (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe) makes no sense, as Omicron has been identified in 110 countries, according to the World Health Organization.

In a podcast published by the office of the president’s Chief of Staff, one government official said the government is set to follow the new recommendation, adding that it is “fairer” to treat travelers from southern Africa equally to those coming from countries where the new variant is also spreading.