New coronavirus variant – level 1

01-12-2021 07:00

Scientists find a new coronavirus variant. It comes from South Africa.

This is bad news. The new variant is very different from the original virus. Medications stop the original virus. Scientists do not know if they stop the new virus, too. Scientists must learn quickly. Four countries have the new variant. These countries are Israel, Botswana, Hong Kong, and Belgium.

Some countries already ban travel from South Africa and five other African countries. The EU says that it is important to stop travel to South Africa. It can stop the new variant. Then it cannot get to Europe.

Difficult words: variant (something which is a little different from other similar things), original (the first type of a thing), ban (to officially stop something).

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