European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said that the EU is taking this new variant, Omicron, 'very seriously'. (REUTERS POOL)

The World Health Organisation on Friday declared the recently-discovered B.1.1.529 strain of COVID-19, first detected in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern and renamed it Omicron. Nations around the world have responded by banning flights from the region.

 

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