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More President Biden was briefed on the new variant Friday, a White House official confirmed to CBS News. The administration announced it will restrict travel starting Monday from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. The restrictions will not apply to American citizens and lawful permanent residents, who will still need to test negative for the coronavirus prior to travel.
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