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The U.S. said it would restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in southern Africa starting Monday, joining a handful of governments around the world seeking to stem the transmission of a new coronavirus variant identified in the region.

The Biden administration will restrict non-U.S. citizens and residents from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. It joins the European Union, the U.K., Singapore and Japan, among others, who moved late Thursday or Friday to ban flights and travelers from the region.

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By EDONS