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
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; countries begin imposing travel restrictions

  • WHO holding special session on Friday to discuss new B.1.1.529 variant but says it could take weeks to understand implications
  • The UN health body cautions against travel restrictions but many countries, including in Asia, have begun restricting arrivals from parts of Africa

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
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
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
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