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The world welcomes the New Year with more than one million cases of COVID-19 per day and severe limitations due to the Omicron variant.
"It makes sense to keep lockdown at this level as hospitals are not overwhelmed at this stage," said the chairperson of the South African Medical Association.
Recent travel and entry bans are imposing an adverse economic impact which will negatively affect the lives and livelihoods of the African peoples.
At the September COVID-19 Summit hosted by President Biden, a December target of 40-percent vaccination was set for the 92 poorest countries. Currently, there is little chance of this target being met in at least 82 of them.
Countries are once again closing borders and imposing restrictions on certain regions due to the threat of spread.
The World Health Organization (WHO) suggested increasing health protocols since the new Omicron COVID-19 strain’s high transmissibility rate is worrying.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa criticized Western countries for the travel bans enacted against the country and neighboring nations due to the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron.
The economy of Western Cape relies on international visitors during the peak season, which starts from December when South Africa is in summer.
Travel restrictions on southern African countries were imposed by the United Kingdom, Israel, the European Union, the United States, Australia, among other countries.