On Saturday, fears about Omicron came to light, with authorities in Britain reporting two cases of variance, and Germany and the Czech Republic investigating suspicious cases.
The number of confirmed cases outside of South Africa is low, but there are concerns that the virus could have spread more widely before scientists there discovered it.
“It would be” irresponsible “not to worry about the new variant,” Roberto Sporanza, Italy’s health minister, the first EU country to block flights from South Africa, told Courier Della Cera on Saturday. “It’s a new and worrying element.”
After the initial shock of the discovery of the case of the Omigran variant in Europe on Friday in Belgium, European leaders struggled with the rise of cases that had already become the focus of epidemics and sought to strike a balance between the increases. Avoid caution and panic. But the virus does not cooperate.
On Friday evening, Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission’s executive body, said on Twitter that he had “fruitful” conversations with pharmaceutical companies and explained their efforts to understand “Omicron” quickly and fully.
The union acted in rare solidarity in response to the threat of a new variation, uniting to restrict travel to and from South Africa.
Commission spokeswoman Vivian Lunella said on Saturday that “member states have agreed to introduce expeditious restrictions on all travel within the EU, from seven countries in the South African region: Botswana, Ezwatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.” ”