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Australia’s border to remain open to South Africa despite emergence of new Covid variant

Health minister Greg Hunt says officials were assessing the threat but had advised there was ‘no basis for change’ to border arrangements at this stage

Australia has no plans to restrict flights from South Africa, despite the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19 which has prompted the UK to shut its borders to the country.

As the World Health Organisation called an urgent meeting to discuss the new variant detected in South Africa, Australia’s health minister, Greg Hunt, said on Friday that officials were assessing the threat posed by the strain and would not yet introduce restrictions on arrivals from southern Africa.

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