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Malawi president rejigs cabinet after corruption scandals
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
BLANTYRE, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed several new ministers in a rejigged cabinet, a statement from his office showed, after the old cabinet was dissolved over corruption scandals. Chakwera dissolved his entire cabinet this week, saying some ministers as well as other public officials had to account for graft accusations made against them. read moreIn the new cabinet of the southern African country Samuel Kawale was made lands minister, Vera Kamtukule labour minister and Mark Phiri trade and industry minister. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterChakwera's office said more appointments would be made soon. In Mozambique the death toll rose from eight to 18 people, according to the country's disaster institute.
Persons: Lazarus Chakwera, Chakwera, Samuel Kawale, Vera Kamtukule, Mark Phiri, Abida Mia, Frank Phiri, Manuel Mucari, Alexander Winning, Toby Chopra Organizations: Jan, Thomson Locations: BLANTYRE, Mozambique, Blantyre, Maputo
MAPUTO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The death toll from tropical storm Ana has risen to at least 12 in Mozambique and Malawi, authorities said, although officials and aid agencies are still assessing the full impact of the storm that swept through southern Africa on Monday. Mozambique's National Institute for Management and Disaster Risk Reduction said on Tuesday that eight people had died, 54 had been injured and 895 evacuated in the prior 24 hours. Mozambique and other southern African countries have been repeatedly struck by severe storms and cyclones in recent years that have destroyed infrastructure and displaced large numbers of people. Experts say the storms have become stronger as waters have warmed due to climate change, while rising sea levels have made low-lying coastal areas vulnerable. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Manuel Mucari in Maputo, Alexander Winning in Johannesburg and Frank Phiri in Blantyre; editing by Philippa FletcherOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ana, Naemi Heita, Manuel Mucari, Alexander Winning, Frank Phiri, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: Mozambique's National Institute for Management, International Federation of Red, Red Crescent Societies, Reuters, Thomson Locations: MAPUTO, Mozambique, Malawi, Africa, Mulanje, Mozambique's, Maputo, Johannesburg, Blantyre
Tropical storm kills two, injures 66 in Mozambique
  + stars: | 2022-01-25 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
MAPUTO, Jan 25 (Reuters) - A tropical storm that made landfall in Mozambique on Monday has killed two people and injured 66, the southern African country's disaster institute said, citing preliminary information. Moderate tropical storm Ana partially destroyed 546 homes and completely destroyed another 115, the National Institute for Management and Disaster Risk Reduction said in a statement. Mozambique has been repeatedly struck by severe storms and cyclones in recent years that have destroyed infrastructure and displaced large numbers of people. In 2019 Cyclone Idai and the deadly floodwaters that followed it killed more than 1,000 people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Manuel Mucari; Writing by Alexander Winning and Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Manuel Mucari, Alexander Winning, Alison Williams Organizations: National Institute for Management, Thomson Locations: MAPUTO, Mozambique, Zambezia, Tete, Niassa, Sofala, Manica, Malawi, Zimbabwe
Poor nations pay highest debt service in 20 years -campaigners
  + stars: | 2022-01-24 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
Data compiled by Jubilee showed that developing country debt payments increased 120% between 2010 and 2021, reaching their highest level since 2001. Average government external debt payments represented 14.3% of government revenue in 2021, more than double the 6.8% recorded in 2010. Globally, 54 countries are now in debt crisis, according to Jubilee, meaning debt payments are undermining the ability of governments to protect the basic economic and social rights of their citizens. Kenya and Malawi have entered debt crisis this year with another 14 countries at risk of both a public and private debt crisis, the group said. World Bank President David Malpass this month warned that slow progress on debt relief for developing countries increased risks for their economies and made sovereign defaults more likely.
Persons: Thomas Mukoya, Heidi Chow, Treasuries, David Malpass, Joe Bavier, Andrew Heavens Organizations: China, Bridge Corporation, REUTERS, World Bank, Jubilee's, U.S . Federal, International Monetary Fund, IMF, Sustainability Trust, Thomson Locations: Nairobi, Uhuru, Kenya, Thomas Mukoya JOHANNESBURG, United States, Malawi
NAIROBI, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Kenyan-based mobile commerce platform and goods distributor Copia Global has raised $50 million from investors to fund its expansion into the rest of Africa, the firm said on Thursday. Copia is among a group of African start-ups that aim to use information technology to solve the continent's problems, like highly fragmented and informal retail markets. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterCopia, which serves mid-level and low-income customers in the rural parts of Kenya and Uganda, was founded in 2013. The latest fundraising brings the cash that Copia has raised so far to $83.5 million. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by George Obulutsa; editing by Duncan Miriri and Jason NeelyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Copia, George Obulutsa, Duncan Miriri, Jason Neely Organizations: Copia, Reuters, Investments, U.S . International Development Finance Corporation, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Africa, East Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast , South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Netherlands
The White House has a mixed record on its management of the pandemic, a report found. One top advisor said the White House underestimated the amount of political opposition they would face. "[W]e underestimated in that original strategy … the amount of disinformation and the fact that people would actually stand in the way of the pandemic response for political or other motivation," White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients told The Washington Post. The Post, in a lengthy examination of Biden's track record against the pandemic, found that the White House has both succeeded and struggled to implement much of its original 200-page COVID-19 plan. Officials and healthcare providers credit the White House for a vaccination campaign that has led at least 250 million Americans to receive at least one dose of the shot.
Persons: Biden's, Jeff Zients, Andy Slavitt Organizations: Service, Washington Post, White Locations: The, Malawi, Missouri
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will lift the travel restrictions it had imposed on eight African nations to curb the spread of the omicron variant of Covid-19, according to a senior administration official. The travel restrictions on South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will end on Dec. 31 at 12:01 a.m. The administration also said that international travelers from the African countries would not have a significant impact on U.S. cases given how widespread omicron was throughout the world. The U.S. government had imposed the restrictions on Nov. 29 after the discovery of the new omicron variant in South Africa. President Joe Biden was criticized at the time by some health experts who viewed the foreign travel restrictions as ineffective.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Joe Biden, Salim Abdool Karim, Jen Psaki Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, Biden Locations: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, U.S, White, United States
The Biden administration plans to lift travel restrictions from southern African countries on December 31. In late November, Biden set restrictions on travel from eight countries — South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, Malawi, and Namibia — over fears of the Omicron coronavirus variant. The Omicron variant has since swept through the US, accounting for more than 73% of coronavirus cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The travel restrictions never affected US citizens or permanent residents, who only had to test negative for the virus before returning to the US. Since December 6, CDC policy required all international travelers must test negative within a day of departure regardless of their vaccination status.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Kevin Munoz, Munoz Organizations: Biden, Service, White, Omicron, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Twitter Locations: South Africa, Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, Malawi, Namibia
President Biden will remove the ban on travel between the United States and countries in southern Africa at midnight on Dec. 31, a senior administration official said on Friday, reversing restrictions imposed last month to combat the spread of the Omicron variant. The region’s leaders had denounced the ban as unfair, discriminatory and unnecessary. Mr. Biden made the decision this week on the advice of his medical team based on findings that existing Covid vaccines are effective against severe disease with the highly contagious Omicron variant, especially among people who have received a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, the senior official said in an email. The decision followed the British government’s announcement on Tuesday that it was lifting its restrictions on travelers arriving from 11 African countries. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also advised Mr. Biden and his team that Omicron, which has passed Delta as the dominant variant in the United States, was so widely present across the world that it no longer made sense to restrict travel to and from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia, the official said.
Persons: Biden Organizations: Pfizer, Centers for Disease Control Locations: United States, Africa, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia
Dec 24 (Reuters) - The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions on eight southern African countries imposed last month over concerns about the fast-spreading COVID-19 Omicron variant, the White House said Friday. Foreign nationals who are barred from the United States because they have been in one of the eight countries within the prior 14 days will again be allowed on U.S.-bound flights leaving after 12:01 a.m. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterWhite House spokesman Kevin Munoz tweeted that Biden "will lift the temporary travel restrictions on Southern Africa countries" effective Dec. 31. 1/2 Passengers wait to board international flights, amidst the spread of the new SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron, at O.R. The United States had only lifted travel restrictions on South Africa on Nov. 8 put in place since late January to address COVID-19 concerns.
Persons: Biden, Kevin Munoz, Munoz, Sumaya Hisham, Anthony Fauci, David Shepardson, Nick Macfie Organizations: White, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Omicron, Reuters, Tambo International, REUTERS, United, CDC, Thomson Locations: United States, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Southern, O.R, Tambo, Johannesburg, Africa, Grand Rapids , Michigan
The raging Covid storm, whose toll may exponentially worsen as the ultracontagious omicron variant fully takes hold in the coming weeks, has seemed to do little to scuttle holiday travel plans. Yet, even as domestic travel in America continues largely unabated, the country is hypocritically banning travelers from southern Africa — South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi — from entering the country. Inevitably however, these travel bans only delayed the spread of the coronavirus by only a few weeks. In the face of the already widespread omicron variant, travel bans will now do little to keep us safer. Their use runs counter to the existing science and threatens trust in public health institutions.
Persons: Covid, Joe Biden, , Monica Gandhi, , ” Gandhi, Michael Osterholm, Saad Omer, Biden Organizations: AAA, Malawi —, omicron, University of California, Emergency Management, Science, Infectious Disease, University of Minnesota, Yale Institute for Global Health, The New York Times Locations: America, Africa, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, United States, Western Europe, Europe, San Francisco, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Wuhan, China
Rapid population growth is taxing resources across African countries. Poor road, rail, and port facilities also added between 30% and 40% to the cost of goods traded among African countries. Creating a more just and peaceful societyMany countries in Africa are also struggling to create strong institutions and peaceful, just societies. Winners of the 2018 Football for Friendship World Championship. More global social initiatives such as Football for Friendship are needed in order to tackle the problems that face us all.
Persons: There's, it's, Martyn Davies, Deloitte's, Davies, Roberto Carlos, Franz Beckenbauer, Iker Casillas, Didier Drogba, Vladimir Serov, Serov, Shaibu Ali Ayornu, he's, Kay Davis Organizations: United Nations, McKinsey, Corporate, Football, Gazprom's Football, Friendship, FIFA, Olympic, Paralympic Committees, Democratic, Gazprom, Global, Gazprom Football, Friendship Ambassador, GoalKick Foundation, Ghana Ministry of Youth and Sports Locations: Saharan Africa, Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Morocco, Americas, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Haram, Dominica, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Malawi, Colombia, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Football, Uganda
The obvious answer was a mobile money service run by telecom companies Airtel (AAF.L) or TNM (TNM.MV), which have leveraged widespread mobile phone networks to amass more account holders than Africa's major banks. While bank revenues dwarf those from mobile money, in terms of user numbers the latter is a clear winner. SHIFTING STRATEGIESIn Malawi, fewer than 170 of every 1,000 adults has deposits in a bank account, whereas nearly 600 have a mobile money account, according to 2019 IMF statistics. Reuters GraphicsAnd across the continent, there were 548 million registered mobile money accounts in 2020, according to the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA). The winners will be those that can achieve scale and quickly roll out new products to meet customer needs, something mobile money providers have been good at, Jurd de Girancourt said.
Persons: Joyce Rejista, telcos, Wally Fisher, Fisher, Banks, Vinolan David, Francois Jurd de Girancourt, Nedbank, Absa's David, Telcos, de Girancourt, Frank Phiri, Emma Rumney, Rachel Armstrong, Alexander Smith Organizations: Airtel, Standard Bank, Reuters, Global System, Mobile Communications Association, MTN, Bank, Africa, Thomson Locations: BLANTYRE, Malawi, Blantyre, Nigeria, Palani, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Johannesburg
Thailand detects first case of Omicron variant
  + stars: | 2021-12-06 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
A waitress waits for customer at a restaurant in Khaosan Road, one of the favourite tourist spots, as Thailand bans entry from eight African countries over the coronavirus Omicron variant, in Bangkok, Thailand, November 30, 2021. "This first confirmed case of Omicron variant is a 35-year-old man who is a U.S. citizen who lived in Spain for a year," Opas said adding that the patient had mild symptom. Thailand banned travelers from eight African countries including Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe at the start of December amid concerns about the Omicron variant. read moreOpas said authorities had also limited travel from other African countries and were monitoring for more potential cases among international travelers. Thailand reported 4,000 new coronavirus cases and 22 new deaths on Monday, taking the tally to more than 2.1 million cases and 20,966 deaths since the pandemic started last year.
Persons: Opas Karnkawinpong, Opas, Panu, Ed Davies Organizations: REUTERS, Omicron, Department of Disease, Thomson Locations: Thailand, Bangkok, BANGKOK, U.S, Spain, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
The rules of international travel are changing — again. The United States does not require that travelers test upon landing and entering the U.S. They're offered by XpresSpa Group, which has expanded from airport massages and other spa services into airport Covid testing since the pandemic started, and Ginkgo Bioworks. The program is available at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. XpresSpa's XpresCheck subsidiary also offers rapid testing at various U.S. airports with prices ranging from $75 for a PCR test to $250 for a rapid PCR test.
Persons: Biden, They're, Ginkgo, John F, XpresSpa's Organizations: U.S, Disease, CDC, XpresSpa Group, John, Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, Jackson Atlanta International Airport, San Francisco International Airport Locations: Africa, South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, U.S, United States, New York, New Jersey, Hartsfield
At least 15 states have detected the omicron coronavirus variant and that number is expected to rise, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told ABC News on Sunday. And we are every day hearing about more and more probable cases so that number is likely to rise," Walensky said on "This Week." After being detected in several other countries, the U.S. reported its first omicron case on Dec. 1. Still, the vast majority of cases in the U.S. are still caused by the delta variant. "We have about 90 to 100,000 cases a day right now in the United States, and 99.9% of them are the delta variant," Walensky said.
Persons: Rochelle Walensky, Walensky, Anthony Fauci Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, Health, Education, Labor, for Disease Control, ABC News Locations: South Africa, U.S, Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, United States
It has now emerged that Omicron was already present in Europe before the travel bans were announced. "But the unilateral travel bans now imposed on [Southern African Development Community] countries by the UK, EU, US, Australia, and others are uncalled for. "This is the predictable negative consequence of the ill-advised travel bans (which should be rescinded immediately). "When governments institute travel bans, it's symbolic -- they're trying to give the impression that they are taking action to protect their own," Pillinger told CNN. The explanation government leaders have given in support of travel bans is that it buys time, she continued.
Persons: It's, they've, Lazarus Chakwera, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Maria Van Kerkhove, Sisulu, Amesh, Remi Adekoya, Adekoya, Mara Pillinger, Pillinger, Cyril Ramaphosa, Muhammadu Buhari, Ramaphosa, Ayoade Alakija, Tony Blair, Alakija, Michael, CNN's Ivana Kottasová, Matshidiso Moeti, Joe Biden Organizations: CNN, Omicron, Southern, Development, UK, EU, WHO, United Nations, Tourism General Assembly, Wednesday, South Africa's, Tourism, UN, SADC, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, University of York, O'Neill Institute for National, Global Health Law, Georgetown Law School, African Union, African Union Africa Vaccine, Tony, Tony Blair Institute for Global, University of Southampton, Africa, Team Europe, AstraZeneca, Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, Covid, Gavi, Vaccine Alliance, National Institutes of Health Locations: Botswana, Europe, Africa, US, Australia, United States, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Madrid, Spain, England, West Africa, Washington , DC, African Union Africa, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Egypt, Nigeria, Lao, Syria, Southeast Asia
A passenger arrives at a terminal of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport as countries react to the new coronavirus Omicron variant amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Washington, U.S. November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Carlos Barria | ReutersThe spread of the omicron Covid-19 variant across the world could further delay the travel industry's recovery, a fresh challenge just as international trips were on the upswing after a 20-month slump. General Electric Aviation CEO John Slattery said airline customers are still planning for "a strong spring and strong summer." The U.K. is now requiring PCR Covid tests for international arrivals and the U.S. on Monday started barring visitors from South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, three weeks after lifting a pandemic ban on international visitors. "Heightened travel restrictions, testing requirements, and quarantine restrictions may have greater impact on travel than the variant itself," said Henry Harteveldt, a former airline executive and founder of travel-industry consulting firm Atmosphere Research Group.
Persons: Ronald Reagan, Carlos Barria Carlos Barria, Scott Kirby, Kirby, John Slattery, Slattery, Fitch, Henry Harteveldt Organizations: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, REUTERS, Reuters, omicron, South, United Airlines, International Airport, General Electric Aviation, Atmosphere Research Locations: Ronald Reagan Washington, Washington , U.S, U.S, California, Japan, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
The guidance, which took effect Tuesday, affects passengers that have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Airlines and operators will have to share the contact information with the CDC for all passengers who had been in those countries within 14 days preceding their flight. “CDC is issuing this Directive to prevent the importation and spread of a communicable disease of public health importance,” the agency wrote. The CDC will share the data with state and local public health partners for follow-up, the CDC said in a letter to airlines. The first known case of the omicron variant in the U.S. was detected in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden Organizations: Disease Control, Airlines, CDC, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, White, NBC, U.S Locations: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, U.S, California, Africa
A panel of expert advisors to the FDA are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to recommend authorization of Merck's (MRK) antiviral Covid pill. The U.S. drugmaker reported Friday the medicine's efficacy in reducing hospitalizations and deaths dropped to 30%. (Reuters)President Joe Biden on Monday said he doesn't expect the U.S. to impose additional travel restrictions to stem the spread of omicron. (CNBC)* Here’s what we know so far about the new omicron variant (CNBC)* CDC steps up its Covid vaccine booster recommendation (CNBC)* World waits as Covid vaccine makers prepare for new variant (CNBC)The FTC is investigating whether supply chain disruptions are hurting consumers with higher prices. The agency has ordered Walmart, Amazon and other major food suppliers to give detailed information about the situation as part of the probe.
Persons: drugmaker, Joe Biden, Philip Morris, Biden, Reynolds, Donald Trump's, Bill Cosby Organizations: FDA, CNBC, FTC, Walmart, Amazon, Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, U.S . International Trade Commission, U.S . Capitol Locations: U.S, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Altria
Image Staff members at the departure gate of Tokyo’s Haneda international airport on Monday, as Japan announced plans to bar all new foreign travelers over the Omicron variant. The country said it would use the delay, to Dec. 15, to study whether the Omicron variant is more dangerous than the Delta variant, which raced across the world earlier this year. Hong Kong detected two cases of Omicron on Thursday, prompting India, Pakistan and other nations to impose a travel ban. Much remains unknown about the Omicron variant, which has a concerning number of mutations not seen before. Australia Coronavirus Cases All time Last 90 days 1,000 2,000 cases Feb. 2020 Mar.
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U.S. oil prices were up 5% to more than $71 per barrel Monday after Friday's 13% fall. Fauci said it will take about two weeks to have more definitive information on omicron's transmissibility, severity and other characteristics. FaucI told the ABC program "This Week" that it's still "too early to say" whether lockdowns or new mandates will be appropriate. Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel told CNBC on Monday that while the variant is likely present in most countries, travel restrictions can slow down the spread and save lives. (CNBC)* AMC, Sony offering NFTs to people who purchase advance Spider-Man tickets (CNBC)
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Japan, Israel and Morocco have all barred foreign travelers from entering the country. It's the most strict measures imposed by nations in response to the newly detected Omicron variant. The cabinet also authorized an Israeli security agency to use cellphone monitoring to track cases of the Omicron variant through Thursday, the Prime Minister's Office said on Sunday. And EU member states agreed on Friday to a similar ban on travel from countries in southern Africa. Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera wrote on Facebook on Sunday that the travel restrictions are based on "Afrophobia" and not science.
Persons: Minister's, Israel's, Biden, pushback, Lazarus Chakwera, Anthony Fauci, George Stephanopoulos Organizations: WHO, Service, Privacy, Japan, Monday, Israel, Twitter, Minister's, World Health Organization, Facebook Locations: Japan, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, Malawi, Namibia
President Biden on Monday said the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was "not a cause for panic." The new variant prompted Biden to issue a travel ban for several countries in southern Africa. "This variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic," the president said at the White House. "We have the best vaccine in the world, the best medicines, the best scientists, and we're learning more every single day." Countries around the world, including the US, are seeking to stop the spread of the Omicron variant, which was first detected in South Africa.
Persons: Biden, Monday, Joe Biden Organizations: Service, White, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Africa, South Africa, Eswatini, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe
President Joe Biden on Monday said he doesn't expect the U.S. to impose additional travel restrictions to stem the spread of the omicron Covid-19 variant, sending some airline stocks higher. Airline and aerospace stocks fell sharply on Friday after several countries reported cases of the omicron variant and established new travel restrictions. The U.S. on Monday began to temporarily bar visitors from South Africa, where scientists first reported the variant, and from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. The degree of the variant's spread will determine whether more travel restrictions are necessary, Biden said at a news conference on the variant. The new rules come three weeks after the U.S. lifted strict pandemic travel rules that prohibited entry to foreign visitors from the U.K., Brazil, India, South Africa and nearly 30 other nations.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Biden's Organizations: omicron, U.S, Airline, United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Discount Locations: U.S, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Brazil, India
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