The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday advised countries against taking travel restriction measures for now, while the virulence and transmissibility of the new variant detected in South Africa remain unknown.
“Let me reiterate our official position: WHO recommends that countries continue to apply a scientific and risk-based approach […]. At this point, again, the implementation of travel restriction measures is not recommended.“, said a WHO spokesman, Christian Lindmeier, at a regular press conference of UN agencies in Geneva.
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Moreover, it will be necessary “Several weeks“to understand the level of transmissibility and virulence of the new variant which was first detected in South Africa and named B.1.1.529.
Experts from the World Health Organization, responsible for monitoring developments in the Covid virus, are however already meeting today to determine whether the variant should be classified as “worrying” Where “to be continued“, explained Christian Lindmeier.