The discovery of a new coronavirus variant named Omicron triggered global alarm on Friday 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
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Omicron may spread more quickly than other forms, and preliminary evidence suggested there is an increased risk of reinfection.
Epidemiologists warned travel curbs may be too late to stop Omicron from circulating globally.
The new mutations were first discovered in South Africa and have since been detected in Belgium, Botswana, Israel and Hong Kong.
a senior Biden administration official said.
The United States will restrict travel from South Africa and neighbouring countries effective Monday.
Following the outbreak of the new variant the World Trade Organization (WTO) has postponed its first ministerial meeting in four years .
WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said the postponement did not mean negotiations should stop.
Adding that On the contrary, delegations in Geneva should be fully empowered to close as many gaps as possible.
she said This new variant has reminded members once again of the urgency of the work they are charged with.

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