Remove Travel Restrictions Now - WHO Tells Countries, Says It's Not Effective

The World Health Organization (WHO) has requested that COVID-19 travel restrictions be lifted or eased.

According to the World Health Organization, the limits are harmful to economic growth and have no public health value.

The WHO emergency committee on international health rules convened on January 13 to assess the latest developments in the global pandemic scenario.

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The COVID-19 reaction measures were also discussed at the meeting.

According to the statement released by WHO on Wednesday, “the committee identified the following actions as critical for all countries; lift or ease international traffic bans”.

“They do not provide added value and continue to contribute to the economic and social stress experienced by states parties,” the statement reads.

“The failure of travel restrictions introduced after the detection and reporting of Omicron variant to limit the international spread of Omicron demonstrates the ineffectiveness of such measures over time.

“Countries should rely on evidence-informed risk assessment when choosing to introduce travel requirements, namely masking, testing, vaccination, and quarantine, and avoid placing the financial burden on international travellers.”

The WHO noted that countries should continue to allow research, encourage vaccinations, masking and testing based on risk assessment.

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