White House lifting omicron travel ban on southern African countries amid spread in US

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The Biden administration is lifting its ban on air travel to the United States from eight African countries, reversing restrictions President Biden announced last month shortly after the discovery of the omicron coronavirus variant. 

The travel ban applied to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. The president initially said the restriction was “a precautionary measure until we have more information,” but within a few weeks omicron became the dominant variant in the United States.

President Biden is lifting the travel restrictions he put in place on eight African countries at the end of the year.
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