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  • Experts in South Africa have said the variant is “very different” to others that have circulated, with concerns that it could be more transmissible but also able to get around parts of the immune system.

    It had not been proven that the variant was more transmissible, but it has mutations consistent with the Delta variant and appeared to spread more quickly than other variants, he said.

    “The travel ban will slow it down,” Prof Naismith said. “It will get here but it will give us a few more weeks.”

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