Mexico’s top health official denies travel ban on Omicron variants


On November 27, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, Deputy Minister of Health of the State, issued a statement stating that travel bans and border closures are “useless measures” that affect people’s economy and well-being.

This comes in response to the discovery of a new variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Omicron.. The CCP virus, also known as the new coronavirus, is the virus that causes COVID-19.

The B.1.1.529 mutant, known as Omicron, was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by South Africa on November 24th. WHO is currently concerned about the number of obvious mutations within Omicron currently being studied in CCP viral strains with existing Omicron symptoms or severity.

Ramirez said in a statement that restricting travel and closing borders, based on available information on the risks of new variants, would be disproportionate to what existing scientific evidence shows.

On Sunday, Africa’s WHO Regional Director Matshidiso Moeti urged the world to rely on international health regulations and science to avoid the use of unnecessary travel bans.

According to the report, the CCP virus killed 293,186 people in Mexico as of November 26. WHO data.. A surge in CCP virus-related deaths occurred in January this year, with 9,737 reportedly dead during the week of January 18.

Unlike the approach used in many countries, Mexico did not close its tourism sector during the peak of the pandemic blockade. Today, the country is entering the high season of tourism (December-April), with millions of tourists, many from the United States. Foreign tourism revenue in July of this year amounted to US $ 2.22 billion.

“that [Omicron variant] It has not been shown to be more toxic or avoid a vaccine-induced immune response, “Ramirez said.

Brazilian officials announced on November 26 that they would close their borders in six African countries to curb the spread of the subspecies. On the same day, Guatemala announced immigration restrictions for eight African countries. They are the first Latin American countries to implement country-specific travel bans for Omicron varieties.

Autumn Spredemann