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People at risk of contracting the coronavirus, including those over 60, should avoid traveling, the World Health Organization recommended on Tuesday, after the appearance of the new omicron variant, considered worrying.
“People who are not in good health or who are at risk of developing a severe form of covid-19 disease or dying should be counseled, including those aged 60 years or older or those with comorbidities (eg heart disease, cancer and diabetes), to postpone the trip, “says the WHO in a technical document.
In its recommendations, the WHO says that “people who are not in good health or who are at risk of developing a severe form of covid-19 disease or dying should be counseled, including those aged 60 years or older or those who have comorbidities (for example, heart disease, cancer and diabetes), which postpone the trip ”-.
More generally, it asks all travelers to “stay vigilant,” get vaccinated, and follow public health regulations regardless of their vaccination status, including wearing masks, observing physical distancing measures, and avoiding spaces. crowded and stuffy.
On the other hand, the agency insisted that the general travel bans will not prevent the spread of the new omicron variant.
In its recommendations, the World Health Organization noted that, as of November 28, “56 countries had applied travel measures to try to delay the import of the new variant.”
However, the Geneva-based organization, whose recommendations are not always followed by its 194 member states, warned that “blanket travel bans will not prevent international spread, and place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods.” .
Furthermore, these measures “may have a negative impact on global health efforts during a pandemic by discouraging countries from reporting and sharing epidemiological and sequencing data.”
Last Sunday, the WHO regional office in Africa called for “open borders”, while South Africa called for the “immediate and urgent lifting” of travel restrictions to the country after the detection of the new omicron variant.
(With information from AFP)
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