Philippines suspends flights from countries with new Covid-19 variant,


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MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines on Friday (Nov 26) suspended flights from countries with cases of a new coronavirus variant that was first detected in South Africa, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said. "The temporary suspension of inbound international flights from South Africa, Botswana and other countries with local cases or with the likelihood of occurrences of the B1.1.529 variant... shall take effect immediately," spokesman Karlo Nograles said in a statement. The announcement came hours after the government announced it will reopen to fully vaccinated tourists from most nations from Dec 1 to help revive an economy battered by the pandemic....