WTO postpones 12th Ministerial Meet due to Omicron covid variant spread

South Africa: The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Saturday postponed the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which was scheduled to take place in Geneva, due to the spread of the new COVID strain 'Omicron.' On Friday, the WHO received the first report of this Omicron variety from South Africa.

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) is scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from November 30 to December 3, 2021, according to the WTO's official website. Ministers from around the world were expected to examine the international trading system's functioning, present prepared statements, and take action on the WTO's future activity, according to the official website.

Meanwhile, as a preventive move to prevent the spread of the new vareint, India on Friday added numerous nations to the list of countries from which visitors will be required to take additional steps upon arrival in India, including post-arrival infection testing. According to reports, the United States, the European Union, and other key destinations have pushed to halt flights from many African countries.

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