AFTER DETECTING THE OMICRON VARIANT, SOUTH AFRICA FEELS ‘PUNISHED’ BY GLOBAL TRAVEL BANS

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South Africa has complained it is being punished – instead of applauded – for discovering Omicron, a concerning new variant of Covid-19.

The foreign ministry made the statement as countries around the world restrict travel from southern African countries as details of the spread emerged.

Early evidence suggests Omicron has a higher re-infection risk.

The World Health Organization WHO said on Friday that the new variant was being considered as “of concern”.

Hundreds of passengers arriving in the Netherlands from South Africa are being tested for the new variant.