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WHO Urges Strong COVID-19 Air Travel Safety Measures In Africa

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Africa to take effective measures to mitigate the risk of a surge in infections due to the resumption of commercial flights and airport operations.

The global health body said while open borders are vital for the free flow of goods and people, its initial analysis found that lockdowns along with public health measures reduced the spread of COVID-19.

It said even with border restrictions, imported cases have sometimes brought back COVID-19 to countries which had not reported cases for a length of time.

“Air travel is vital to the economic health of countries. But as we take to the skies again, we cannot let our guard down. Our new normal still requires stringent measures to stem the spread of COVID-19,” WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said.

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