WHO says omicron 'variant of concern'

By David Shepardson and Stephanie Nebehay
Updated November 26 2021 - 7:58pm, first published 7:55pm
South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla has called other countries' travel restrictions premature.

The discovery of a new coronavirus variant has triggered global alarm as countries rushed to suspend travel from southern Africa and stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic suffered their biggest falls in more than a year.

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