With each passing hour, new restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried Saturday to contain a new variant of the coronavirus that has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines.
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The passengers were in the air when the Netherlands announced travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa.
Some in South Africa said they felt their nation was being punished for alerting the world to a potentially threatening coronavirus variant. Australia, Thailand and Sri Lanka joined a lengthening list of countries imposing travel restrictions on the region.
Australia and several other countries joined nations imposing restrictions on travel from southern Africa on Saturday after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant called Omicron sparked global concern and triggered a market sell-off.
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The results are being examined for cases of the new Omicron variant emerging in southern Africa.
A minister in the German state of Hesse said on Saturday that the recently discovered Omicron variant of the coronavirus had very probably arrived in Germany.
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines do not plan any changes to their South Africa-US routes after the White House said it plans to impose new travel curbs on southern Africa.