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CA, 30 Nov 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to deliver remarks on Monday about the COVID-19 Omicron variant as more countries report cases of the variant of concern.

While the U.S. has not yet reported a Omicron case, the first North American cases were reported north of the border in the Canadian province of Ontario.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Sunday during an address to the nation that he is “deeply disappointed” by a decision by several countries to restrict travel from a number of southern African countries over fears about the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The U.S. was one such country, having announced restrictions Friday for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa and seven other countries starting on Monday.

Ramaphosa called the restrictions “completely unjustified” and said the decision to restrict travel was “not informed by science” and would undermine the ability of countries like his to recover from the pandemic.

First discovered in South Africa, the Omicron variant has now been detected in Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Botswana, Israel, Australia and Hong Kong.

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