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TAAG suspends connections to South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia

The national airline TAAG suspended its air connections with Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa, promising to return passengers from these countries as soon as possible.


The suspension of flights follows measures adopted by the Multisectoral Commission for Prevention and Combat to Covid 19, which suspended air connections for passengers from South Africa, Botswana, Essuatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, to try to contain the propagation of the new variant of the coronavirus, known as Omicron.

Thus, from 00:00 all flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town (South Africa), Maputo (Mozambique) and Windhoek (Namibia) are suspended until further instructions, according to a statement from TAAG that guarantees it is working with the national authorities to allow the return of passengers.

Angola announced on Saturday that it would close borders with seven African countries - South Africa, Botswana, Essuatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe - from 1 December, with nationals from these countries subject to a house quarantine of 14 days.

Several countries, including Portugal, have already applied flight restrictions with several African countries after the new flight was detected.

ant of the coronavirus, the Omicron, in South Africa, which according to the World Health Organization (WHO) may imply greater infectivity due to "a high number of mutations".

The European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) warned on Thursday that the new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus raises "serious concerns that it could significantly reduce the effectiveness of vaccines and increase the risk of reinfections."

In a statement on the threat assessment of the new variant, and based on genetic information currently available, ECDC said the new variant detected in southern Africa is the most divergent (from the original virus) detected to date.

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