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Middle East and Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on business aviation

Middle East & Africa COVID Restrictions Dec. 2, 2021 Summary info only. Detailed intelligence available – Pre-arrival testing requirements, health forms, quarantine details, local curfews, and scenario-specific info have been omitted from this overview. Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest. Travelers from outbreak & variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who ...
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Live Updates: WHO Official Says Africa 'Bought World Time'

The World Health Organization’s Africa director says quick detection and reporting of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus by Botswana and South Africa have “bought the world time” as nations scramble to stop it spreading.
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One nerdy piece of good news about Omicron: We already have tests that spot signs of the variant

Coronavirus genome sequencing.Camilo Freedman/picture alliance via Getty Images Because of the way the Omicron variant has mutated, some PCR lab tests can provide a good hint that it's around. The clue is not definitive, but it can help scientists determine which tests to sequence, saving time. It's possible that new PCR tests could be developed soon to more quickly screen for Omicron, without sequencing. In the days and weeks before scientists in South Africa and Botswana found Omicr...
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The Omicron variant has landed in the US: California just reported its first case

Passengers gather near Delta Air Lines' counter as they check their luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 23, 2021.Reuters/Carlos Barria The Omicron variant is officially in the US after California reported its first case. Public-health experts predicted last week that Omicron was already spreading in the US. The variant shows signs of being more transmissible or dangerous than other coronavirus strains. The US reported its first case of ...
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Southern Africa is not a hotbed of variants — it's just very good at sequencing and spotting them

A laboratory worker in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 5, 2021.Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images Scientists in South Africa were the first to raise alarm bells about Omicron, alerting the WHO last Wednesday. But that doesn't necessarily mean the variant came from southern Africa, it's more of an indication of the region's robust surveillance system. "We just rang the bell, which allowed everybody else to realize that actually this was maybe going on unnoticed," one South Afric...
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Botswana upholds ruling decriminalising same-sex relationships

Court of appeal decision hailed as victory for LGBTQ+ community that could encourage other African countries to follow suitGay rights campaigners expressed joy at the Botswana court of appeal’s decision to uphold a ruling that decriminalised same-sex relationships, saying the country’s judiciary had set an example for other African countries.The government had appealed a 2019 ruling that criminalising homosexuality was unconstitutional. The ruling had been hailed as a major victory for gay right...
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'Fox & Friends' hosts baselessly suggested that Democrats are making up new COVID-19 variants to buy them time to fix the supply-chain crisis

Will Cain, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Pete Hegseth on 'Fox & Friends' (from left to right).James Devaney/GC Images The hosts of "Fox & Friends" accused Democrats of inventing new coronavirus variants.  The government is using variants to buy time to fix the supply-chain crisis, they said on Saturday. Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant, was first detected in South Africa and was not made up by Democrats. The hosts of "Fox & Friends" baselessly suggested that Democrats are making up new ...
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People with the Omicron variant have 'extremely mild' symptoms and haven't had to be hospitalized yet, says the South African doctor who first reported it

A COVID-19 test being carried out at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images A South African doctor who first flagged the Omicron variant said her patients had mild symptoms. Dr. Angelique Coetzee said she also hasn't had to hospitalize anyone with the new variant yet. That being said, it's too early to determine the variant's risk of severe disease or possibility of evading immunity. The South African doctor who first report...
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WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it 'attacks global solidarity'

A Doctors Without Borders nurse performs a COVID-19 test in Johannesburg, South Africa.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images Countries put travel bans on southern African nations after the Omicron variant was first found there. A WHO official said "putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity." South Africa said it feels punished, instead of applauded for finding and reporting the variant. The World Health Organization criticized countries for putting travel bans on so...
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Botswana mendeteksi 19 kasus varian Omicron Covid-19

GABORONE, Botswana: Botswana, satu-satunya negara Afrika di luar Afrika Selatan yang melaporkan kasus Omicron, mengatakan pada Minggu bahwa pihaknya telah mendeteksi 19 infeksi varian Covid baru, termasuk empat yang pertama dinyatakan minggu lalu.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
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WHO Condemns Omicron Travel Bans Against Southern African Countries

An official for the agency said countries like South Africa and Botswana should be lauded for their speed in identifying the new coronavirus variant. #southafrica
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Fauci says health preparation needs to be 'revved up' before Omicron variant hits the US

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, adjusts a face mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 18, 2021.AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool Dr.Anthony Fauci says health preparation needs to "be revved up" before the Omicron variant hits the US. The preparation includes getting more people vaccinated and boosted, Fauci said Sunday. His...
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Early action against Omicron is imperative to avoid devastating consequences | Ewan Birney

Scientists have sprung into action to identify the new Covid variant. We don’t yet know if it is a major threat - but we should not take any chancesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was only a matter of time before a new Sars-CoV-2 variant of concern emerged, requiring an urgent global response. It would seem that the Omicron variant, identified by scientists across Africa, including the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), poses the next major threat...
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EU member states agree to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant 'Omicron' rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region. Belgium announced Europe's first case of the new variant, which the WHO named Omicron, on Friday. European Union member states have agreed to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there, Associated Press journalist...
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Passengers on 2 KLM flights from South Africa to Amsterdam were held on their planes for at least 4 hours after landing in Europe amid fears of the new COVID-19 variant

A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty Two KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flights from South Africa were held at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol due to new travel restrictions relating to the B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant. Passenger and Twitter user Paula Zimmerman has been live-posting her experience trying to enter the Netherlands.  One flight was deplaned and passengers were brought to the terminal on shuttle buses for testing.  European countries have wasted ...
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Failure to share Covid vaccines ‘coming back to haunt us’, says Gordon Brown

Ex-PM says world was ‘forewarned’ of dangers of failing to vaccinate poorer countries amid rise of new variant‘New variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines’Coronavirus – latest updatesThe failure of the world to get vaccines to the developing world is “coming back to haunt us”, Gordon Brown has warned, as experts said the emergence of variants such as B.1.1.529 could have been avoided if jabs had been more fairly distributed.Writing in the Guardian, the Labour former prim...
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EU asks member states to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region. Belgium announced Europe's first case of the new variant on Friday. The European Union has asked member states to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there."It is now important that all of us in Europe act very s...
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Fauci says there is no indication the new coronavirus variant found in southern Africa is in the US

Dr. Anthony Fauci.Pool / Pool/ Getty Images A new coronavirus variant was detected in southern Africa. Experts are worried about its mutations. Fauci said that there is "no indication" the variant is currently in the US. He said there is concern over the speed of its spread and whether it would escape vaccine protection. Dr. Anthony Fauci said that there is "no indication" that the new coronavirus variant that was first found in southern Africa is currently in the US.He told CNN's "New Da...
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A wave of countries is banning and restricting travel from southern Africa over a new virus variant

Countries in Europe and Asia raced to tighten border controls over a new coronavirus variant. B.1.1.529 is spreading rapidly in South Africa and may be harder to contain than prior variants. Germany, France, Italy, the UK, India, Japan, and Israel were among those to make changes. Countries across Europe and Asia tightened border controls after scientists warned of a new coronavirus variant found mostly in South Africa.The new variant, B.1.1.529, appears to have spread rapidly in South Africa. ...
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Pandemic-related stocks from Zoom to Moderna jump as new coronavirus variant raises alarms and triggers lockdowns

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.Matthias Bein/picture alliance via Getty Images Shares of companies that benefitted from the pandemic rallied Friday amid the discovery of a new coronavirus variant. The stock prices of vaccine makers surged, including Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech. Stay-at-home stock plays like Zoom Video and Peloton also jumped as new lockdowns loom. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Shares of companies that benefitted from the pandemic r...
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Rise of a new coronavirus variant in Africa looks like the disaster scenario experts warned of if rich nations hoarded vaccines for themselves

A man receiving a coronavirus vaccination on a train in South Africa.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo A new coronavirus variant was found in southern Africa. Experts worry it could be the worst so far. Scientists had warned that a dangerous new variant could emerge if there isn't global vaccine access. They said all countries need vaccines before wealthy ones get boosters. Rich nations didn't listen. As coronavirus vaccines were produced, approved, and rolled out, health experts said...
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What do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?

UK places South Africa on red travel list over B.1.1.529 variant picked up by scientists in countrySouth Africa to be put on England’s travel red listSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat is the new variant and why is it a concern?Scientists have detected a new Covid-19 variant called B.1.1.529 and are working to understand its potential implications. About 50 confirmed cases have been identified in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana.B.1.1.529 has a very unusual constellation of mutations, whic...
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Europe considers a flight ban on southern Africa over new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It's prompting the European Commission to consider a flight ban from the region. The UK restricted travel to and from six southern African countries on Thursday. The European Union is considering an "emergency brake" flight ban on southern African countries, citing a new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there."The EU Commission will propose, in c...
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UK suspending flights from 6 African countries over new coronavirus variant fears: 'Our scientists are deeply concerned'

Britain's Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid.Andrew Matthews/Pool/Reuters A new coronavirus variant has been identified in Botswana and South Africa. Dubbed "B.1.1.529," it has many mutations, concerning scientists and the World Health Organization. The UK instituted travel restrictions on Thursday for six African countries following the news.  The United Kingdom has added six African countries to its "red" travel list and temporarily suspended flights over concerns about a new ...
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Scientists are closely tracking a COVID-19 variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
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Scientists are closely tracking a coronavirus variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
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Scientists warn of new Covid variant with high number of mutations

The B.1.1.529 variant was first spotted in Botswana and six cases have been found in South AfricaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have warned that a new Covid variant which carries an “extremely high number” of mutations may drive further waves of disease by evading the body’s immune defences.The number of cases confirmed by genomic sequencing is very small, with only 10 cases recorded in three countries, but the variant has sparked serious concern among som...
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‘These people are barbarians’: Police torture in Southern Africa

In Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe torture is used to extract information, elicit confessions, punish or sometimes for sadistic reasons The post ‘These people are barbarians’: Police torture in Southern Africa appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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Botswana Appeals Ruling Allowing Gay Sex, Court Delays Judgment

GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswanan judges on Tuesday postponed ruling on a case in which the government is seeking to overturn a 2019 ruling that...
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Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is extremely helpful at preventing severe COVID-19 but it's hard to come by in the planet's poorer countries

A container of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at the United Memorial Medical Center on December 21, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Getty Images/Go Nakamura Around one million doses of Moderna's vaccines have been sent to low-income countries. The company has been accused of focusing on profit, The New York Times reported. Moderna told the Times it has limited production capacity and is fulfilling existing orders. Poorer countries have received significantly fewer doses of Moderna'...
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