French researchers say the new variant contains 46 mutations which may make it more resistant to vaccines and more transmissible.
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New cases were confirmed in Australia, Germany, UK and Italy, while Israel closes its borders to all foreigners in a bid to stem the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
The UN organisation said it could take several weeks to complete studies of the new variant and that the number of Omicron cases appeared to be increasing in almost all provinces of South Africa.
The World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus variant "Mu" as a "variant of interest."
WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan says B 1.617 coronavirus variant has some mutations which increase transmission, and which also potentially could make it resistant to antibodies.
A struggling economy, vaccine side effects and a new variant that can evade PCR tests are making France’s Covid-19 strategy inordinately difficult.
The discovery of the new variant has prompted EU countries to stiffen their lockdown measures.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns that tougher lockdown restrictions are likely as the country's infection rates reach highest recorded levels.
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