Gov't restricts air travel from southern African region

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Hungary's government introduced restrictions on travelers arriving in the country from the southern region of Africa from Monday to contain the spread of the highly mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Hungarian nationals arriving in Hungary from Botswana, South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, must go into quarantine for a 14-day period regardless if they show signs of infection or not.

Foreign nationals from the seven countries in the south of Africa are banned from entering Hungary, although exceptions may be made for people with a permit from the police. Those people, like the Hungarian nationals arriving from the region, must also go into a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, regardless of any negative PCR test result.

The European Commission on Friday proposed that all European Union member states activate the "emergency brake" on travel from countries in southern Africa to limit the spread of the new variant.

"All air travel to these countries should be suspended. They should be suspended until we have a clear understanding about the danger posed by this new variant," EC President Ursula von der Leyen said.

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