Europe 1 with AFP 7:11 p.m., November 30, 2021

People at risk of coronavirus, including those over 60, should avoid travel, the World Health Organization recommended on Tuesday after the appearance of the disturbing new variant Omicron. 

People at risk of coronavirus, including those over 60, should avoid travel, the World Health Organization recommended on Tuesday after the appearance of the disturbing new variant Omicron.

"Counseling should be given to people who are unhealthy or at risk of developing a severe form of Covid-19 disease and dying, especially those aged 60 years or older and those with co-morbidities (for example : heart disease, cancer and diabetes), to postpone their trip, ”the WHO wrote in a technical paper.

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General travel bans will not prevent the spread

However, the WHO has also affirmed that general travel bans will not prevent the spread of the worrying new variant Omicron of the coronavirus, calling on countries to take a risk-based approach.

“General travel bans will not prevent international spread, and they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods. Additionally, they can negatively impact global health efforts during a pandemic by deterring countries to report and share epidemiological and sequencing data, ”WHO says in a technical paper.

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