UPDATE 1-WHO meeting on Friday to designate new variant B.1.1.529 squib

The World Health Organization is convening an experts' meeting from Geneva at midday (1100 GMT) on Friday to assess the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 amid growing concern, a spokesperson said. European and Asian countries tightened travel restrictions on Friday after the new and possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant was detected in South Africa, with the EU, Britain and India among those announcing stricter border controls. What we do know is that this variant has a large number of mutations.
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