WHO calls travel bans ineffective, suggests countries to lift COVID-related restrictions!

Announcing travel bans ineffective, the WHO says these restrictions are to be blamed for the current economic and social stress across the world.
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The WHO has urged countries to lift or ease travel restrictions, calling them ineffective. Image: Shutterstock/dennizn.

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In its latest statement at the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced travel bans ineffective and suggested countries to lift of ease their individual travel restrictions.

The global health authority said that these travel bans will only worsen the economy and add up to social stress. As per report, the nations should remove the travel bans and restrictions as the committee found “they do not provide added value and continue to contribute to the economic and social stress experienced” by citizens.

It has further announced these restrictions to have been incompetent in successfully curbing the international spread of the Omicron variant in recent times. Safety measures like RT-PCR testing, masking, isolation or quarantine, and vaccination must be based on risk assessments to avoid unnecessary financial burden on international travellers, the statement said.

The WHO has also urged nations not to ask for COVID-19 vaccination proof as the only way for travellers’ entry and to consider easing up on safety measures like testing and quarantine needs.

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