South Africa says UK flight ban over COVID-19 variant seems rushed

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa said on Friday a British ban on flights from six southern African countries because of the detection of a new COVID-19 variant seemed rushed as even the World Health Organization (WHO) was yet to advise on the next steps. Scientists have so far only detected the B.1.1.529 variant in relatively small numbers in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong, but they are concerned by its high number of mutations which could help it evade the body’s immune response and make it more transmissible. Britain said the variant was the most significant one found yet after te…

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