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Countries Implement Travel Restrictions As New Coronavirus Variant Identified In South Africa

Added 11-26-21 09:16:02am EST - “Countries are implementing travel restrictions after what's believed to be the most mutated coronavirus variant yet appeared in South Africa this week.” - Dailycaller.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailycaller.com: “Countries Implement Travel Restrictions As New Coronavirus Variant Identified In South Africa”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Countries are implementing travel restrictions after what’s believed to be the most mutated coronavirus variant yet appeared in South Africa this week.

The variant, currently called B.1.1.529, will likely be named by the World Health Organization (WHO) sometime Friday, the BBC noted. The WHO has warned against making quick decisions based on this emerging variant and this isn’t the first variant to emerge throughout the pandemic. The U.S. and other countries dealt with the delta variant’s emergence over the summer.

“At this point, implementing travel measures is being cautioned against,” WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier said at a U.N. briefing in Geneva, according to Reuters. “The WHO recommends that countries continue to apply a risk-based and scientific approach when implementing [curbs].”

Still, some countries are already concerned. The U.K., Singapore, the Netherlands and Japan are among those already banning flights from South Africa and countries nearby, and some are also beginning to implement strict quarantine rules, the BBC noted. The EU  is pushing for a flight ban from the area.

“As scientists have described, [this is] the most significant variant they’ve encountered to date,” British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, Reuters reported according to Sky News. (RELATED: ‘The Choice Is Yours’: In Line With CDC’s Mask Guidance, Biden Gives Americans An Ultimatum On Vaccines)

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