High alert: World scurries to contain new COVID variant

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Posted at 6:44 AM, Nov 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-27 06:44:42-05

THE HAGUE, Netherland — With each passing hour, new restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried to contain a new variant of the coronavirus that has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines.

A host of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Iran, Japan, and the United States, joined others, including the European Union and the U.K. in imposing restrictions on southern African countries in response to warnings of the new variant — against the advice of the World Health Organization.

Dutch officials were undertaking further tests Saturday on 61 people who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in the Netherlands on two flights from South Africa on Friday.