Europe and Asia, alarmed by COVID variant, tighten borders

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By Costas Pitas and Stephanie Nebehay LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – Global authorities reacted with alarm on Friday to a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, with the EU, Britain and India among those announcing stricter border controls as scientists sought to determine if the mutation was vaccine-resistant. Britain banned flights from South Africa and neighbouring countries and asked British travellers returning from there to quarantine, while European Commission chief Ursula v…

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