Guardian News published this video item, entitled “Omicron variant is vaccine inequality ‘wake up call’, says South Africa president Ramaphosa” – below is their description.
South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed disappointment at countries that have imposed travel bans on southern African countries after the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant.
Omicron, named a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization on Friday, saw its first cases in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong earlier and is potentially more contagious than previous variants, although experts do not know yet if it will cause more severe illness
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Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.
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