The chief infectious disease specialist of the USA Anthony Fauci expressed hope that the ban on travel to countries in southern Africa will be lifted in a reasonable time.

Scientists have not yet observed that infection with the Omicron strain leads to a more severe course of the disease than that which is fixed with other variants of the coronavirus. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the United States, said this in an interview with CNN on Sunday.

“So far the Omicron strain does not look like it carries a very serious course of the disease,” he said, noting that it is too early to draw any definite conclusions.

The first case of infection with the Omicron strain of coronavirus in the United States was recorded on Wednesday in the state of California. The patient who was infected returned to the United States from a trip to South Africa on November 22. He passed a positive test on November 29. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed that the patient with the omicron strain was fully vaccinated against coronavirus and is now in isolation. He has mild symptoms of the disease.

Travel ban

The United States hopes that the travel ban on countries in southern Africa, imposed due to the spread of the Omicron strain of coronavirus, will be lifted within a reasonable time, Fauci said.

“This ban was introduced when we didn’t know anything and didn’t understand what was going on, and we only saw a sharp jump in cases in South Africa. So the ban should have given us time to figure out what was going on. As we receive more and more information about cases of infection with the Omicron strain in our country and abroad, we carefully and daily analyze them and hope that we will be able to lift the travel ban in a reasonable time,” he said.