EFEMadrid Desk

A new coronavirus variant has alarm bells ringing in Europe, where several countries responded with new travel restrictions on Friday.

The World Health Organisation, which was holding an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the situation, has warned that it could take weeks until the full impacts of the new variant are known, while British health minister Sajid Javid told Parliament the new variant B.1.1.529 “is of huge international concern.”

The variant was first detected in Hong Kong in a traveler from South Africa, and it has also been detected in Botswana, the health minister said.