The US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other southern African countries to try to contain the spread of Omicron. From Monday, only US citizens and residents will be allowed to travel from the region. This follows a similar flight ban imposed by the EU and the UK. US officials said flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will be blocked. South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla, meanwhile, said nations imposing travel bans were trying to find “scapegoats”.
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