Headline RoundupNovember 26th, 2021

Nations Enact Travel Bans, Stock Markets Slide as New COVID-19 Variant Emerges

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A new COVID-19 variant emerging in southern Africa has prompted new travel bans and stock market panic around the world.

Known as B.1.1.529, scientists say the variant is "spreading very fast," has "many more mutations than we have expected" and might be more transmissible than other variants. The World Health Organization is meeting Friday to discuss the variant. The United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Japan were among the nations to halt travel from southern Africa in response to the news.

The news was covered prominently across the spectrum Friday morning. Outlets on all sides focused on the new variant's potential for enhanced transmissibility and how vaccines may be less effective against it.

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