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Sudan Bans Travel from Countries with New Coronavirus Variant from Wednesday

Sudan Bans Travel from Countries with New Coronavirus Variant from Wednesday

Monday, 21 December, 2020 - 17:45
Members of a medical team wearing protective suits clean the airfield at the Juba International Airport. (Reuters)

Sudan will ban travelers from Britain, the Netherlands and South Africa from Dec. 23 due to the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus, the head of the civil aviation authority told Reuters on Monday.


The ban will last three weeks subject to renewal and more countries could be added to the list as the situation develops, Ibrahim Adlan said.


The discovery of the new strain, just months before vaccines are expected to be widely available, sowed fresh panic in a pandemic that has killed about 1.7 million people worldwide.


Experts said there was no evidence that vaccines would not protect against this variant, but added they were working around the clock to determine whether the mutations would affect how well the shots guarded against infection.


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