The US will raise to walk sanctions imposed last month on eight African countries aimed at curbing the spread of the new Omicron Covid-19.
Foreign nationals traveling to the United States from these countries have been allowed to board flights to the United States since midnight on December 31, the superintendent said.
Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Malawi all face restrictions as part of the ban, encouraged by Anthony Fauci, Biden medical director, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The chief executive officer said the CDC had recommended that the sanctions be lifted because the new nation had already spread to the US and around the world.
“According to our health and medical experts at the CDC, the need for international sanctions is best to initiate, before or after the virus is spread,” he said. “This cost is declining because domestic expansion is starting to provide a large proportion of cases.”
Health officials also said the vaccine was effective in preventing serious infections, and that advances had been made by medical experts who were trying to understand the new version of Omicron.
President Joe Biden said earlier this week that he was considering lifting the ban. “Remember the reason I said we were imposing a travel ban – it was to see how long we had before coming here so we could decide what we needed to look at in other countries,” Biden said. “And we’re over it now.”
The CDC said Monday that Omicron now accounts for about 73 percent of U.S. Covid-19 cases, up from 13 percent last week.
The increase in cases comes as the US struggles with a decrease of the Covid-19 test in the US. Earlier this week, Biden announced that its executives had purchased a home 500m urgently to send to families since January because it appeared to be slowing down the rise in litigation.
The U.S. earlier this month tightened restrictions on international travelers, increasing the need to wear airplanes on airplanes and at airports and demanding a negative test of Covid-19 within one day of travel to enter the US.
In the past, air travelers from other countries who have been vaccinated can report side effects within three days of departure.