South Africans fear renewed restrictions more than omicron variant
29 November 2021 | 6:45 am
The world is worried about the new COVID-19 omicron variant, first detected in South Africa. Many countries have imposed travel bans. In South Africa itself, people fear the restrictions more than the virus.
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