The World Health Organization said on November 30 that a comprehensive travel ban will not prevent the international spread of the Omi Keron strain. It will only impose a heavy burden on people’s lives and livelihoods, and inhibit the enthusiasm of countries to report and share COVID-19 epidemiology and sequencing data. This will adversely affect the global fight against the epidemic.

  WHO Director-General Tan Desai said on the same day that some countries are adopting blunt measures that are not based on evidence or are ineffective in dealing with the new crown epidemic. This approach will only increase inequality.

Countries should adopt reasonable and appropriate risk reduction measures in accordance with the International Health Regulations.

  According to data released by the Dutch government on November 30, local time, the mutant strain had appeared in Europe long before the first case of Omi Keron was reported in South Africa.

  According to the report, the Dutch government reported that this variant had already appeared in the Netherlands before South Africa officially announced the first case of Omi Keron on November 25.

The report stated that they detected the Omi Kiron strain in two test samples taken on November 19 and 23, and one of the cases did not have a history of travel.

(Producing Zhou Jing)

Editor in charge: 【Luo Pan】

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