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

Reuters logo Reuters 27/11/2021

MUMBAI, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Saturday it was barring travelers from six Southern African countries on Saturday over concerns about the new Omicron  variant of COVID-19.

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

FILE - An officer wearing protective gear walks inside the airport  at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, Sri Lanka January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte © Thomson Reuters FILE - An officer wearing protective gear walks inside the airport at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, Sri Lanka January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte Travelers 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. 

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