Covid-19: Ramaphosa convenes urgent command council meeting over Omicron

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The president’s weeklong tour of four countries in west Africa was primarily intended to canvass support and solidarity from heads of state, as the cost of the travel bans mounted each day. Photo: PresidencyZA /  Twitter
The president’s weeklong tour of four countries in west Africa was primarily intended to canvass support and solidarity from heads of state, as the cost of the travel bans mounted each day. Photo: PresidencyZA / Twitter

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The virus loomed large during his trip, with travel bans swiftly being imposed on South Africa and other countries in southern Africa by scores of countries, including in Europe; in the US, the UK and Australia; as well as some countries in Africa, after South African scientists discovered and reported on a mutated variant of Covid-19 – dubbed Omicron – early last month. 

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