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UNTWO Calls for Travel Restrictions to Be Scrapped Off Claiming They’ve Proven to Be Ineffective

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has joined the World Health Organization’s call for travel restrictions to be lifted as they are ineffective in preventing the international spread of COVID-19.

In line with the World Tourism Organization’s repeated warning against the use of blanket restrictions, the 10th meeting of the WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee held in Geneva expressed concern that such measures could cause economic and social damage, TheSchengen.com reports.

Previously, the World Health Organization stated that international travel bans should be lifted or eased as the restrictive measures imposed have proven ineffective. According to them, the travel restrictions imposed did not affect the prevalence of the Omicron variant.

Moreover, the comment was made during the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee held in Geneva earlier this month, during which the member noted that measures such as testing, isolation, quarantine and vaccinations imposed on travelers should be based on risk assessments.

When it comes to stopping the spread of new mutating viruses, blanket travel restrictions are simply counterproductive. Indeed, by cutting off the lifeblood of tourism, these restrictions are doing more harm than good, especially in destinations that depend on international tourists for jobs, economic well-being and sustainable change,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

He also indicated that it is necessary to resume tourism and work to revive the sector, with the aim of reaching sustainability goals while responding to climatic imperatives.

According to the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2022 report, issued by the United Nations, it noted that the recovery from the pandemic is “erratic and fragile,” also stressing the progress required towards achieving sustainability goals.

The World Health Organization recently said that the European continent may be able to end the emergency phase of COVID-19 this year, as the variant Omicron has become less severe than the original strain of COVID-19.

The Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans-Henri B. Kluge, has revealed his hope that the epidemic is coming to an end.

“Omicron is replacing delta with unprecedented speed. Less than two months after it was first detected in South Africa, it now accounts for 31.8 percent of cases across the European region, up from 15 percent in the previous week and 6.3 percent,” said Dr. Kluge. The week before that.

World Health Organization data shows that the number of positive cases infected with COVID-19 is on the rise with more than 25 million cases reported in the world over the past seven days. In addition, 57,847 deaths were recorded during the same period.

While there are 51.72 percent of fully vaccinated people per 100 population, the total vaccine doses given per 100 population is 124.19.

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