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Asian and European countries, alarmed by new COVID variant, tighten curbs

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LONDON (Reuters) -Asian and European countries tightened travel restrictions on Friday after a new and possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant was detected in South Africa, with the EU and India announcing stricter border controls. Britain banned flights from South Africa and neighbouring countries and asked British travellers returning from there to quarantine, while European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the EU also aimed to halt air travel from the region. The variant has a spike protein that is dramatically different to the one in the original coronavirus that COVID-19 …

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