People line up to get on an Air France flight to Paris from Johannesburg on Friday as the WHO labels Omicron a variant of concern. Photo: AP
World scrambles to contain Omicron coronavirus variant

Variant’s high number of spike protein mutations is unprecedented and troubling, health experts say.

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People in a shopping mall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 26. Advisers to the WHO are holding a special session to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa, although its impact on vaccines may not be known for weeks. Photo: AP
New Africa Covid-19 variant causes concern; new travel restrictions begin

WHO holding special session Friday to discuss the new B. 1.1.529 variant but says it could take weeks to understand implications.

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