US to Lift Omicron-Linked Travel Ban on Southern Africa

The restrictions were meant to blunt the spread of the COVID omicron variant.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will lift travel restrictions on eight southern African countries that it imposed to try to blunt the spread of the COVID omicron variant, the White House announced. The variant, which was first detected by scientists in South Africa, has since spread around the world. The World Health Organization and leaders in southern Africa criticized the travel ban as ineffective and unfairly damaging to local economies. The Nov. 29 ban barred…

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