EFEMadrid Desk

The World Health Organisation on Tuesday condemned countries for closing their borders to travelers from southern Africa since the detection of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, saying the measures are “not evidence-based or effective on their own” and would “only worsen inequalities.”

“We continue to call on all Member States to optimize public health and social measures and ensure that high-risk and vulnerable individuals in all countries are fully vaccinated immediately,” said secretary-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“The global response must be calm, coordinated and coherent,” he added.

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