New Covid-19 variant: Italy imposes entry ban on 8 southern African states

'Our scientists are studying the new B.1.1.529 variant'



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Published: Fri 26 Nov 2021, 7:27 PM

Last updated: Fri 26 Nov 2021, 8:04 PM

Italy on Friday imposed an entry ban on people who have visited any one of eight southern African states in the last 14 days, due to the spread of a new Covid-19 variant there.

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed an executive order banning entry from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini.

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"Our scientists are studying the new B.1.1.529 variant. In the meantime, we will adopt the greatest possible caution," Speranza said.


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