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US publicizes journey restrictions over new Covid-19 variant

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Vacationers queue at a check-in counter at OR Tambo Worldwide Airport in Johannesburg on November 27. (Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Pictures)

President Joe Biden introduced Friday the US will limit journey from South Africa and 7 different international locations beginning Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged.

Performing on recommendation from the nation’s high infectious ailments knowledgeable, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, the Biden administration will limit journey from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

Biden on Friday night time signed the official proclamation proscribing the journey of these “bodily current” within the international locations through the “14-day interval previous their entry, or tried entry into the US.”

The proclamation features a listing of these exempted from the brand new restrictions, together with US residents, lawful everlasting residents and noncitizens who’re the spouses of residents or everlasting residents.

It says it’ll stay in impact till terminated by the President and won’t apply to any flights scheduled to reach within the US that depart previous to 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday.

The choice to limit journey comes because the federal authorities remains to be trying to study extra concerning the new variant, named Omicron. They should see extra sequencing, however after discussing what they’ve seen thus far, officers determined to halt journey from these different international locations out of concern about what they do not but know.

Biden was briefed Friday on the brand new coronavirus variant circulating in southern Africa, he mentioned within the announcement.

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