South Africa to be put on England’s travel red list over latest Covid variant

Variant causing concern because of ‘extremely high’ number of mutations feared to be present across South Africa

South Africa will be placed under England’s red list travel restrictions after scientists raised the alarm over what is thought to be the worst Covid-19 variant ever identified.

Hundreds of people who have recently returned from South Africa, where the B.1.1.529 variant was detected, are expected to be tracked down and offered tests in an effort to avoid the introduction of the new strain, which it is feared to be more transmissible and has the potential to evade immunity.

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