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France extends suspension of flights from high-risk southern African countries

/ 04:08 PM December 01, 2021
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Passengers board a flight at Nice Cote d’Azur airport, France, October 1, 2021. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

PARIS — France has decided to extend until at least Saturday its suspension of flights from southern African countries which have been hit hard by the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, said French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune.

“As of this morning, we have extended the suspension of flights from seven southern African countries until Saturday,” Beaune told RTL radio.

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The Omicron COVID variant – first reported in southern Africa and which the World Health Organization (WHO) said carries a “very high” risk of infection surges – has triggered global alarm, with border closures casting a shadow over a nascent economic recovery from a two-year pandemic.

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