Weather of Arabia - Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced yesterday, Friday, the prevention of entry from about 7 African countries, with the aim of preventing the spread of the new mutant, which was recently monitored in South Africa.
On Thursday, South African scientists announced the discovery of a "new worrying mutant in South Africa," noting that the mutant (P.1.1.529) shows a high number of mutations" and is "capable of spreading very quickly."
For its part, the World Health Organization announced, on Friday, that it is not currently advising countries to impose travel restrictions due to the new mutation of Corona, especially for the lack of a specific understanding of the level of transmission and the severity of infection.
The Jordanian Ministry of Interior announced in a statement yesterday, Friday, that it "prevents entry to non-Jordanians coming from these countries until 14 days have passed since their departure from these countries to other countries where the new mutant is not present, as of next Sunday."
The ministry stated that "precautionary measures have been taken against those coming from South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Botswana."
And "Jordanians coming from these countries will be quarantined for a period of 14 days and at their own expense, regardless of the result of the examination to detect corona at Jordanian airports or in the countries coming from them."
According to the spokesman for the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Haitham Abu Al-Ful, the number of the Jordanian community in South Africa is about 370 Jordanians.
On Friday, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its decision to close the borders to travelers from southern African countries, saying that the decision includes "in addition to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Zimbabwe ."
After receiving information that a dangerous mutator appeared in South Africa, the Moroccan authorities decided to ban entry to the national territory of the citizens of this country, in addition to the countries of southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Zimbabwe), as well as all passengers coming from these countries or who passed through them. pic.twitter.com/10cYivvL6u
— Moroccan Diplomacy (@MarocDiplo_AR) November 26, 2021
She explained that the authorities took this decision "following the news related to the emergence of a new and dangerous mutant in South Africa," noting that the ban on entering the country applies to "travelers coming from or transiting through these countries."
Morocco also suspends, from Sunday until further notice, flights for travelers to and from France , due to the development of the epidemic in it. Last month, Morocco suspended its flights to and from Germany, the Netherlands, Britain and Russia , before resuming them with Russia .
On Friday, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided to suspend flights with 7 African countries, to limit the spread of the new strain of the Corona virus, and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a tweet via Twitter containing its decision to suspend flights from countries ( Republic of South Africa, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Zimbabwe). , Republic of Mozambique, Kingdom of Lesotho, Kingdom of Eswatini) and to it.
Urgent # # and Zarh_aldakhalih : suspend flights coming from countries (Republic of South Africa, Republic of Namibia, the Republic of Botswana, the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Republic of Mozambique, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Kingdom of Eswatini) and to it. #Was_Am pic.twitter.com/fVp2rTylAw
- SPAregions (@SPAregions) November 26, 2021
The ministry stated that it was suspended allowing entry to the Kingdom for non-nationals, those coming directly and indirectly from the aforementioned countries; Except for those who spent a period of no less than 14 days in another country from which health procedures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia allow entry to those coming from, in accordance with the approved health procedures.
On Friday, the Emirates News Agency reported that the country decided to suspend entry to arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini, starting from November 29, due to fears of a new mutated strain of the Corona virus.
On Friday, the United States announced the closure of its borders to travelers from eight countries in southern Africa, after the mutant Omicron was detected with Covid-19.
As of Monday, individuals from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will be prevented from entering the US, according to a senior US official, who noted that this decision excludes US citizens and those who hold permanent residence in the United States.