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WHO: Unvaccinated, Avoid Regions with Transmission Omicron

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Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and is also vulnerable to the virus should not travel to areas where the Omicron variant is transmitted within the community for the time being.

 

That said, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday updated travel advice about the Omicron variant.

The relevant passage from the statement: “Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated or who have no evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection and are at increased risk of developing serious illness and death, including those aged 60 years or older or people with co-morbidities (e.g. heart disease, cancer and diabetes) are advised to postpone travel to areas of community transmission.”

By “community transmission areas”, the WHO refers to regions and countries where the Omicron variant is already known to be mutually passed on between residents, such as South Africa, Malawi and Nigeria.

Earlier on Tuesday, the WHO reprimanded national governments for halting travel from southern Africa in response to the rise of the Omicron variant. “Travel bans will not prevent the international spread, but they will put a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,” the UN health body said.

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