Guterres: The closure of several countries´ borders due to "Covid" is "unfair and ineffective"

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed on Wednesday that the closure of several countries' borders due to the outbreak of the new mutant Omicron of the Corona virus is "unfair and ineffective", calling for travel checks.

"With a virus that truly crosses borders, restrictions on travel that isolate a country or region are not only unfair and punitive, they are also ineffective," he said at a press conference. He denounced the plum of Africa for not vaccinating enough of its population, considering this a "scandal".

Referring to South Africa, which reported the emergence of Omicron on November 24 and many countries' borders were closed to their nationals, the UN Secretary-General said that countries should not "collectively be punished for exposing it and sharing important scientific and health information with the world." He reiterated that it was "unfair" and "immoral".

For his part, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, denounced the "unjustified stigma" of the African continent.

"Because it is transparent (...) the entire southern African region faced sanctions," he said, citing the closing of the borders to its citizens.

He said that "less than 6% of Africans have been vaccinated," calling for international solidarity to increase their protection.

"I call on all governments to consider instead frequent screening of travelers as well as other measures that are truly appropriate and effective," said Antonio Guterres. "This is the only way to reduce the risk of transmission while allowing travel and economic participation," he added.

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