Borders close as world rushes to contain new Covid variant

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The Bangkok Post

World governments rushed to contain a new, heavily mutated Covid-19 strain Sunday, with borders closing and Australia reporting its first cases of the variant. The variant now known as Omicron has stoked fears that it is highly infectious. Scientists are racing to determine the threat posed by the heavily mutated strain — particularly whether existing vaccines work. Several countries have also announced plans to restrict travel from southern Africa, where it was first detected, including Qatar, the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Netherlands. Israel said on Sunday it would…

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