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'Highly Concerning' COVID Strain Sees England Ban Travel From South Africa


 The British government has banned travelers from South Africa from entering England after a "highly concerning" new variant of COVID was found in the U.K.

The measure came into place at 9 a.m. GMT Thursday, and reflected an "increased risk from a new strain of coronavirus" named 501.V2, according to a Department for Transport news release. Travelers who had passed through South Africa in the past 10 days were included in the ban.

The news came as the U.K. tried to deal with a separate strain of the coronavirus, B.1.1.7, that is thought to be better at spreading than previous forms, and has triggered lockdowns in London, parts of the south east, and the east of England.

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