Travel ban leaves German family stuck in S.Africa

Marina Wessolowski and her family came to South Africa to spend Christmas with their mother.
They expected her to fly back to Germany early next month.
Now, thanks to a new, fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus, they aren't sure when to return home.
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"I didn't think air traffic would be affected the way it has been affected at the moment. This is shocking and I don't know exactly which direction things are going and we are here to spend Christmas, our family and I don't know, we'll see what will happen. "
A growing number of countries, including Germany, have excluded travelers from South Africa while assessing how dangerous the new variant is.
It is different from one identified in the UK, although both carry mutations that make them more transmissible than previously circulating dominant strains.
Marina says the hardest part was being separated from her 76-year-old mother.
"She was very lonely because she is alone and was alone in her apartment for a large part of the year, but we all follow the rules and keep our distance from her. It is very difficult to see your mother after a year and you can see her don't hug. "
The South African tourism department said it had no information on the number of flights that have been canceled or postponed due to the bans.
But said it was working with the Foreign Office and embassies to facilitate contact between foreign citizens in South Africa and their governments.
Video transcript
NARRATOR: Marina Wessolowski and her family came to South Africa to spend Christmas with their mother. They expected to return to Germany early next month. Now, thanks to a new, fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus, they aren't sure when to return home.
MARINA WESSOLOWSKI: I would not have thought that air traffic would be influenced as it is. This is shocking and I don't know exactly which direction things are going and we are here to have Christmas with our family. And I don't know We will see what will happen.
NARRATOR: A growing number of countries, including Germany, have banned travelers from South Africa while assessing how dangerous the new variant is. It is different from one identified in the UK, although both carry mutations that make them more transmissible than previously circulating dominant strains. Marina says the hardest part was being separated from her 76-year-old mother.
MARINA WESSOLOWSKI: She was very lonely because she is alone and was alone in her apartment for a large part of the year. But we all stick to the rules and keep our distance from her. It is very difficult to see your mother after a year and you cannot hug her.
NARRATOR: The South African tourism department said it had no information on the number of flights that have been canceled or postponed due to the bans. But said it was working with the Foreign Office and embassies to facilitate contact between foreign citizens in South Africa and their governments.

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