Health Minister defends travel restrictions on African countries

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    T&T’s decision to institute travel restrictions on some African countries following the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant is being defended by the Health Minister.

    Today, at the Health Ministry’s briefing, Mr Terrence Deyalsingh responded to a question about the WHO’s call for countries to leave their borders open to African nations.

    In a statement yesterday, the WHO’s Regional Office for Africa said, while travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing COVID spread, they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods.

    It urged countries, in implementing restrictions, to follow the International Health Regulations (2005) which it said is a legally binding instrument of international law, recognized by over 190 nations.

    Mr Deyalsingh said this earlier today.

    T&T currently has travel restrictions in place for Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.