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Centre cautions states as new Covid variant detected in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana


  • Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to additional chief secretaries or principal secretaries or secretaries (Health) of all states and UTs, stating "multiple cases" of a COVID-19 variant B.1.1529 have been reported in the three countries. 
  • He asked all states and Union territories to conduct rigorous screening and testing of all international travellers coming from or transiting through South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana.