New U.S. travel restrictions in southern Africa have come into effect, as the Biden administration seeks to address concerns over the Omicron variant.
The Biden administration restricts travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.
Biden on Friday signed the official proclamation restricting the movement of people “physically present” in countries during the “14-day period before they enter or attempt to enter the United States,” starting one minute after midnight on Monday. morning.
The proclamation includes a list of people exempt from the new restrictions, including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and non-citizens who are spouses of citizens or permanent residents.
The director of the National Institutes of Health stressed on Sunday that the new variant of Covid-19 “should redouble” efforts on vaccination and other mitigation strategies, saying that although little is known about the Alternatively, action should be taken now to avoid “a situation that makes the situation worse.” “
“This is certainly not good news. We don’t yet know what impact this will have. It should redouble our efforts to use the tools we have, which are vaccinations and boosters, and to make sure we get those to the rest of the world as well, which the US does more than any other country, ” NIH Director Dr Francis Collins told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”