June 17, 2024


Imagination at work

Southern Africa’s New Covid-19 Variant Prompts Wave of Travel Restrictions

JOHANNESBURG—Dozens of countries limited travel to and from South Africa and neighboring nations Friday, hoping to include a speedy-spreading new variant of the coronavirus that scientists say may well be far more contagious and could render the present crop of Covid-19 vaccines less effective.

Experts from the Planet Wellness Business were due to meet up with later Friday to decide no matter if to declare the new strain—currently recognized as B.1.1.529—a “variant of issue.” The WHO utilizes this label for virus strains that have been established to be far more contagious, direct to far more critical disease or minimize the usefulness of public-health and fitness actions, tests, treatments or vaccines.