Colombia Extends Health Emergency Citing New Coronavirus Variant

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November 27. Colombia will extend its health state of emergency until Feb. 28 due to the emergence of a new coronavirus strain in South Africa, the Andean country’s President Ivan Duque said on Saturday.

The health emergency “is extended due to the existence of a global declaration concerning the status of the pandemic as well as allowing us to continue taking all precautionary measures,” Duque said from Monteria, a city in the country’s province of Cordoba.

The state of emergency was due to lift at the end of November.

The discovery of the variant, known as named Omicron, prompted countries around the world to place travel bans on flights from South Africa and some of its regional neighbors.

Colombia has no direct flights with Africa, Duque said, adding that anyone traveling from the continent to the South American country will have to transit through the United States, Brazil, or the European Union, which have already imposed restrictions.

Source: Reuters

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