COVID-19: Blanket travel restrictions don’t work | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News - News Summed Up

COVID-19: Blanket travel restrictions don’t work | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News


Citing the varied global responses to the emergence of the of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, WHO has reiterated that restrictions on travel are not effective in suppressing the international spread. In line with UNWTO’s recurring warning against the use of blanket restrictions, the 10th meeting of the WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee (Geneva, 19 January) expressed concern that such measures can cause economic and social harm. They may also “discourage transparent and rapid reporting of emerging Variants of Concern,” the WHO added. “It is imperative we restart tourism and so kick start recovery and get back on track towards meeting the SDGs while responding to Climate Imperatives,” Mr Pololikashvili adds. “UNWTO welcomes WHO’s new guidance, highlighting the ineffectiveness of blanket travel restrictions, and we also amplify their recommendations against using vaccination status as the sole condition for welcoming tourists back, especially when vaccination rates remain so uneven.”


Source: The Guardian January 29, 2022 04:34 UTC



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