Travel restrictions were imposed by the United Kingdom, Israel, the European Union, the United States, Australia, Morocco, among other countries, following the announcement of the presence of the variant in South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa lamented the unwillingness of other countries to engage in dialogue while warning over serious effects that the fear and the bans will have on Southafrican economy, especially on the tourism sector.
"This latest round of travel bans is like punishing South Africa for its advanced genomic sequencing and ability to detect variants faster. Excellent science should be applauded, not punished," the South African Foreign Ministry stated.
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