Home / News / Viet Nam
Health sector wants to suspend flights to/from Omicron-affected countries
Minh Vu 13:38, 2021/11/29
Vietnam has not yet detected the new variant which has been found in more than 10 countries.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has proposed the government suspend international flights from and to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, and Mozambique for fear of Omicron variant.

 Omicron, variant of concern, in the world. 

Immigration of incoming people from those countries will also be halted to prevent the import of Omicron variant, originally referred to as B.1.1.529 which was designated “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Vietnam has not found the variant yet, but the epidemiology and Pasteur Institutes nationwide are tasked with genome sequencing of cases who are returnees from southern Africa, the ministry said.

Omicron has triggered global alarm as countries around the globe scrambled to impose new travel curbs.

Because of fears that the new variant has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines, there are growing concerns around the world that the pandemic and associated lockdown restrictions will persist for far longer than hoped.

According to WHO, preliminary evidence has suggested that there may be an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron as compared to other variants of concern.

The preliminary research suggests that there are increasing rates of hospitalization in South Africa. However, this might be because of increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected, rather than a result of a specific infection with Omicron.

The research on Omicron has begun around the globe, but it is yet clear if this new Covid variant is more transmissible than other previous variants such as Alpha, Kappa, Delta.

On Sunday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the world is in a “race against time” with the Omicron coronavirus variant as scientists and manufacturers will need weeks to fully understand it. 

RELATED NEWS
TAG: vietnam suspend flight omicron variant WHO
Other news
16:28, 2022/28/25
Germany donates Vietnam additional 4 million vaccine doses
Germany is the biggest European donor of Covid-19 vaccines to Vietnam with more than 10 million doses.
15:38, 2022/38/25
HSBC Vietnam commits to arranging US$12 billion to green Vietnam
HSBC Vietnam will mobilize funds from local and international financial markets to provide a wide range of sustainable solutions in green finance, debt finance, supply chain, trade, green deposits, and investment products.
10:55, 2022/55/23
Overseas Vietnamese: an inseparable part of the nation
State president Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised the Overseas Vietnamese community for their contributions in all sectors and aspects, especially their timing response in collecting money for the Vaccination Fund.
15:28, 2022/28/22
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh passes away
His powerful teachings and bestselling writings on the art of mindfulness have reached an audience of millions, from Europe to Asia to the Americas.
18:19, 2022/19/21
Vietnam Airlines resumes scheduled flights to Europe
Vietnam Airlines advises passengers to find out information and comply with safety regulations at their destination.
12:25, 2022/25/21
Vietnam to bring to justice 10 corruption cases in 2022: General Secretary
Nearly half of the cases are related to the health sector, in which the alleged offenders are accused of abusing power for profiteering during the Covid-19 pandemic.