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The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is hunting down all passengers who flew into the United States from South Africa and southern African nations.

The Reuters news agency reported Wednesday morning that it has seen a copy of a letter from the CDC asking airlines to turn over the names of all passengers from that region.

The report comes amid heightened concerns over the new omicron variant, which was first detected in South Africa last week.

The CDC plans to turn over the list of names to local and state governments to begin the arduous process of testing the visitors for Covid-19. But they could be anywhere in the US by now.

So far, the UK has reported 22 cases of omicron infections.

South Africans are reportedly furious that the World Health Organization and the CDC have targeted their nation for the new variant.

The African continent has the lowest cases of Covid-19 on the planet, despite a 6% vaccination status.

A South African doctor who treated omicron patients has stated the new variant causes "mild" symptoms in the infected.

"It actually started with a male patient who's around the age of 33," Dr. Angelique Coetzee told the BBC on Sunday. "And he said to me that he's just [been] extremely tired for the past few days and he's got these body aches and pains with a bit of a headache.

Dr. Coetzee said the first patient had a "scratchy throat" and didn't develop a cough or lose his sense of taste or smell. His family tested positive for Covid-19.

She has since treated more omicron patients -- all with "mild" symptoms. None were hospitalized.

Media outlets claim cases of the omicron variant has surged 400% in Africa.


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A new, highly infectious Covid-19 variant in South Africa has sparked worldwide airport restrictions.

The World Health Organization has designated the new coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 and named it Omicron on Friday.

Multiple countries halted airline travel to and from South Africa on Friday.


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Cases have also been reported in Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium.

The WHO calls Omicron a "variant of concern" because it has a large number of spike mutations and is 40% more infectious than previous variants.

The news sent Wall Street stocks plunging and the DOW dropped 900 points on Friday.

The new variant comes amid reports that health officials are "baffled" by the low incidences of Covid-19 in Africa where the vaccination rate is just 6 percent.

Pfizer announced on Friday it is testing "existing vaccines" on the new variant and results are expected within 2 weeks.


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Dr. Anthony Fauci told "CNN New Day" on Friday there is "no indication" this variant is currently in the US. But Fauci claims the new variant is highest among young people in South Africa.

However, blue check marks on Twitter are suspicious of the new variant coming on the heels of Big Pharma's push for vaccine booster shots among young people.
 

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South Africa's Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu died suddenly on Friday, April 30, weeks after her husband, the king, died of a diabetes-related illness.

Queen Mantfombi, 65, was one of King Goodwill Zwelithini's six wives. King Goodwill died on March 12, 2021 in the eastern city of Durban. He was 72.

The queen was elected the Regent of the Zulu Nation in line with the king's wishes.

His Majesty's will was read in the presence of more than 200 members of the Royal Family on March 24, 2021.

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King Zwelithini (pictured left) is survived by five wives and 28 children. He married his sixth wife, Queen Zola Mafu, after she turned 18 on July 26, 2014.

While Her Majesty Queen Mantfombi acted as the de facto Regent of Zulu nation, further decisions on the succession of the Zulu Monarchy were pending until the family's mourning period for the king had ended.

Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu monarch Mangosuthu Buthelezi, 92, denied rumors that she was poisoned.

"This has taken us by surprise and left us utterly bereft," he said.

Queen Mantfombi was admitted to a hospital last week, exactly a month after she was elected regent, following her husband's death.

The Queen was the third senior Zulu royal to be buried in recent months following the death of Zwelithini's eldest son in November, and the king's death in March.

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Protesters forced the closure of hundreds of pharmacies in South Africa after it ran a hair advertisement that many South Africans deemed racist.

The Clicks pharmacy advertisement featured pictures of African hair labeled as "dry and damaged," while an image of Caucasian hair was described as "fine and flat."

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Opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) called the adverts "racist" and "dehumanizing."

EFF leader Julius Malema organized protests outside the Clicks stores and called for all Clicks to be closed.

The company has threatened legal action against EFF, but Mr. Malema urged his supporters to be "combat ready" and said EFF wouldn't be "intimidated by threats."

"The implications of this are that black identity exists as inferior to the identity of white people. It is an assertion that white standards of beauty are to be aspired to and features of black represent damage, decay and abnormality," the EFF said in a statement obtained by Yahoo News.

Videos shared on Twitter shows some stores closed while others are guarded by security. In one incident, a bottle filled with a flammable liquid was thrown inside a Clicks store. Another video shows protesters pulling items off shelves in one store.

But demonstrations have been largely peaceful. "We are confronting white arrogance decisively. #clicksmustfall," EFF tweeted on Tuesday.

H&M Stores

H&M closed down all of its stores in South Africa after the stores were ransacked by a group protesting a H&M online advertisement featuring a black boy wearing a hoodie.

The Swedish-based clothing retailer announced all stores in South Africa were temporarily closed after the protesters trashed the stores on Saturday.

Activists and consumers were outraged over an H&M ad featuring a black boy wearing a hoodie that read: "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle".

The boy's mother later dismissed the controversy, telling Americans to "Stop crying wolf all the time".

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A college student in South Africa went on a lavish spending spree after she accidentally received $1 million in financial aide, the NY Daily News reports.

The error occurred in June when Sibongile Mani, a 27-year-old student at Walter Sisulu University, discovered her usual $100 monthly stipend on her financial aide debit card had swelled to $1 million.

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