WHO cautions against imposing travel restrictions due to new variant

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<div> <p><span class="caps">GENEVA</span> – The World Health Organisation (<span class="caps">WHO</span>) on Friday cautioned countries against hastily imposing travel restrictions linked to the new B.1.1.529 variant of <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19, saying they should take a “risk-based and scientific approach”.</p> <p>“At this point, implementing travel measures is being cautioned against,” <span class="caps">WHO</span> spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a U.N. briefing in Geneva. “The <span class="caps">WHO</span> recommends that countries continue to apply a risk-based and scientific approach when implementing travel measures.” </p> <p>The <span class="caps">WHO</span>, which has convened an experts’ meeting on Friday to evaluate whether it constitutes a variant of interest or a variant of concern, will share further guidance for governments on action they can take, he said. </p> <p>It will take a few weeks to understand the variant’s impact, and researchers are working to determine how transmissible it is and how it will affect therapeutics and vaccines, he added.</p> <p/> </div>