South Africa calls British travel ban over new COVID-19 variant 'Rushed'

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On 24 November, the South African government announced the discovery of the new omicron variant. Two days later, the World Health Organisation ... (WHO) designated omicron as a variant of concern based on the evidence that several of its mutations could potentially affect its level of infectiousness and the severity of Covid-19 that individuals experience. However, following South Africa’s announcement of the discovery of this new variant, travel restrictions were swiftly imposed on them by the UK.