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'Travel ban on SA possible' experts say as impact of new Covid-19 variant is felt globally

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More travel bans could be expected for South Africa following the government's decision to pause the rollout of Astra-Zeneca vaccines, according to experts, but placing more travel restrictions on South Africa will not do countries any good. 

Instead, if countries wanted to stop the spread of the Covid-19 variant first identified in South Africa, a harder lockdown might be the answer, Professor Tulio de Oliveira, the director of KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (Krisp) who led the team that discovered the 501Y.V2 variant, told News24.

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