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Biden Bans Travel From 8 African Countries Over Omicron Variant Fears

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President Joe Biden will limit air travel from eight African nations beginning Monday, in an effort to keep the mutant Omicron variant of COVID-19 from entering the United States, senior administration officials revealed.

Following advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administration will restrict flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. Details on the exact policy remained sparse. However, officials proffered assurances that U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be able to return home, so long as they test negative for the novel coronavirus before arriving.

In a statement, Biden urged vaccinated Americans to get their booster shots—and for the uninoculated to finally take the jab. His message to foreign governments similarly emphasized vaccines.

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