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Sri Lanka bans travellers from 6 African nations due to Omicron COVID variant

FILE PHOTO: Tourism amid COVID-19 pandemic, at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Sri Lanka said on Saturday it was barring travellers from six Southern African countries on Saturday over concerns about the new Omicron https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/japan-tighten-border-controls-s-africa-others-new-virus-variant-jiji-2021-11-26 variant of COVID-19.

From Monday, travellers will not be allowed into the country from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini, Colombo said in a statement.

Travellers who arrived from these six countries over the past two days will have to undergo mandatory 14 days quarantine.

The World Health Organization on Friday declared the new coronavirus variant to be “of concern”.

It was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on Wednesday and has been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.

(Reporting by Rupam Jain; Editing by William Mallard)

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