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'Important to move quickly' over new variant - Coveney

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said he expects a decision later today on the European Union's proposal to stop air travel from the southern African region due to the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant.

In a post on Twitter, Mr Coveney said it is "important to move quickly on this, coordination across the EU is important to be effective".

He said his department is consulting with the Department of Health, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and the European Commission on the situation.

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