In response to another recommendation from Anvisa published on Friday (26th), The Federal Government published a decree which temporarily bans flights from or through six other African countries in the last 14 days: South Africa – where an alternative was first identified – Botswana, Swatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The restriction is effective from Monday (29). The decree was signed by Cerro Nogueira (Casa Civil), Anderson Torres (Justice and Public Security), Marcelo Quiroga (Health) and Tarcisio Gomez de Freitas (Infrastructure).
Ciro Nogueira has already announced on social networks that the government will follow Anvisa’s first recommendation. “Brazil will close air borders to six countries in Africa due to the new form of the coronavirus. We will protect Brazilians in this new phase of the epidemic in that country. The decree will be published tomorrow (Saturday) and will come into effect from Monday.”, he wrote in his official account on Twitter.
At least nine countries have already detected cases of omicron, previously considered a worrying variant World Health Organization (WHO). Scientists are still unsure about the effectiveness of current Covid-19 vaccines against the new alternative.
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