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More countries join UK in banning South Africans after Covid-19 variant found

26 November 2021 1:28 PM
Tags:
Tourism
Hospitality
Eyewitness News
travel ban
Mia Lindeque
The Midday Report
ray white
New Variant
B.1.1.529

Ray White interviews Eyewitness News reporter Mia Lindeque.
  • Germany and Italy have joined the UK in barring travellers from South Africa, with the EU probably following suit

  • The South African government says their decision is rushed

  • Business Unity South Africa is proposing mandatory vaccination instead of further lockdowns


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Germany and Italy on Friday joined Britain in banning travellers from South Africa.

Anyone arriving from the country must now quarantine for 14 days, even if they are fully vaccinated.

This comes after the discovery of a new variant (B.1.1.529) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

The European Union is also proposing an “emergency brake” to stop air travel from South Africa.

Ray White interviewed Eyewitness News reporter Mia Lindeque (scroll up to listen).

Germany’s new travel restrictions start this afternoon… In Italy, the government is banning entry to those who have been to South Africa… in the last two weeks…

Mia Lindeque, reporter - Eyewitness News

People are desperate to see their loved ones…

Mia Lindeque, reporter - Eyewitness News

DIRCO says this decision was rushed. Our scientists don’t even know the implications for our citizens… The NICD says… please don’t panic… Are countries overreacting in the absence of more details? … These travel bans will inflict devastation on the economy…

Mia Lindeque, reporter - Eyewitness News

Business Unity South Africa… is proposing mandatory vaccination [rather than lockdowns] …

Mia Lindeque, reporter - Eyewitness News



26 November 2021 1:28 PM
Tags:
Tourism
Hospitality
Eyewitness News
travel ban
Mia Lindeque
The Midday Report
ray white
New Variant
B.1.1.529

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