COVID-19 variants detected on St. Maarten. | SMN NEWS

PHILIPSBURG:—  As of January 27, 2021, Sint Maarten has imposed a travel ban from certain countries including the UK, South Africa, and South America. The reason for this is due to three new variants of the COVID-19 virus that are circulating worldwide, which are more infectious than the original COVID-19 strain.

These variants have originated in the UK (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351), and Brazil (P1). Besides these variants of concern, other variants of the COVID-19 virus are circulating. Some of these may develop into more harmful variants over time, while others will keep the same ...

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