Emirates stops travelers from Uganda over covid-19

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Middle Eastern airline Emirates will no longer accept travelers from Uganda and seven more African nations in its efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Passengers originating from or have transited through in the last 14 days the following nations will not be allowed to travel to Dubai.



The move by Emirates adds to its list of banned African countries, which also includes Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe.
Africa sees fourth COVID wave
Africa, the world’s least-vaccinated continent, is currently going through a new wave of COVID infections as case numbers soar across the continent.



According to the African C.D.C, 21 African nations are experiencing a fourth wave of COVID cases as the highly-transmissible Omicron variant spreads.
For example, Kenya has seen a sharp jump from 1% positive cases to 30% in just three weeks. However, South Africa, which went through the world’s earliest Omicron outbreak, has seen a 35% drop in COVID cases.

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the good news

Researchers in South Africa have discovered that people who have been infected with the omicron variant of the coronavirus develop enhanced immunity to the older delta variant.

The conclusion is the result of a new study conducted at Durban-based Africa Health Research Institute involving 33 vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The scientists found that immunity against a further exposure to omicron rose 14-fold about two weeks after infection, while also discovering that immunity against delta improved 4.4-fold.



The scientists say the immunity is especially enhanced among those who are inoculated.

Alex Sigal, the study’s co-author, said on Twitter Monday that if omicron is “less pathogenic” as it appears, “then this will help push delta out,” making it possible



“the disruption Covid-19 has caused in our lives may become less.”

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