Covid-19: Provinces with major transit routes raise concerns about new variant

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A man receives a COVID-19 nasal swab test at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
A man receives a COVID-19 nasal swab test at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
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Provinces which have major transit routes are preparing to fight a Covid-19 battle on two fronts - increased transmissions due to visitors and a new variant of the virus that causes the disease.

The health department announced on Thursday that the new variant was in circulation in South Africa and in response, the UK and EU announced travel restrictions.

However, no restrictions have been announced locally as the South African government waits for details of the new variant to understand the implications of it.

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