Australian health authorities investigate new South African COVID strain

Australian health authorities investigate new South African COVID strain

For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here. Australia won’t hesitate to shut its borders to South Africa over concerns about an emerging strain of COVID-19 as health authorities investigate data around the variant that has been described a “serious concern”. The UK added South Africa and five other African countries to its travel “red list”, banning all direct commercial and private flights from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The new strain, currently called B.1.1529, has been detected in several countries but fewer than 100 cases have been confirmed so far. Health Minister Greg Hunt said no cases of the strain have been discovered in Australia, but the country would not hesitate to move swiftly if health experts are concerned about the variant. “If the medical …
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