U.S. restricts travel from several African countries to slow spread of new COVID variant

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Contain the new COVID variants as new restrictions were being slapped on travel some countries in Southern Africa The new variant now officially named omicron has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines However despite the shutdown of flights it has become evident that the variant is already spreading Cases have been reported in travelers in Belgium Israel and Hong Kong omicron is a variant of concern because of its high number of mutations There is also evidence that it carries a higher degree of infection than the other variants that means people who contracted COVID-19 and recovered could be subject to catching it again It could take weeks to know with current vaccines are less effective against it I am Karen Chammas AP's sports I'm John leatherby Can any team stop the suns Devin Booker with 32 points to lead Phoenix to a 15th straight win one 1897 over the next LeBron James find $15,000 for obscene gesture used late in Wednesday's overtime victory at Indiana College basketball top right Gonzaga could make a second half lead hold up as the bulldogs fell 84 81 to number 5 duke Four

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