President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the growing list of countries that have imposed travel restrictions on SA and neighbouring states in response to last week’s detection of the Omicron coronavirus variant to “immediately and urgently” reverse their position.

Describing their position as unscientific and “completely unjustified”, and at odds with an agreement reached at last month’s Group of 20 summit in Rome, he said the travel bans would do nothing to stop the spread of Omicron but would damage fragile regional economies struggling to respond to the pandemic...

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