G7 health ministers will hold an urgent meeting on November 29. At the meeting, they will discuss the spread of a new strain of coronavirus - the Omicron variant, which was found in South Africa. It is reported by The Guardian.
The G7 is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and US, and currently the UK holds presidency.
“Under the UK presidency an urgent meeting of G7 health ministers will also be convened on Monday 29 November to discuss the developments on Omicron,” the Department of Health and Social Care said on Sunday.
The meeting follows a flurry of positive Omicron test results in the UK, Germany and Italy, with the French health minister saying on Sunday that the strain is likely to also be circulating in France.
“There is no identification yet, but it’s a matter of hours,” Olivier Veran said.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant. This statement was made by the WHO’s regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moet.
He called on countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions.
“Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of Covid-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,” Moeti said in a statement.