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Holiday travelers alert after detection of new COVID-19 variant in South Africa

ORLANDO, Fla. – Holiday travel is on the rise at the international airport, with many passengers saying they are taking necessary precautions to prevent further spread of COVID-19 after news of a new variant was discovered in South Africa.

A couple who spoke to News 6 said they were concerned about the new species, omicron, but said they couldn’t stop their vacation plans.

“I’m really worried about the new species coming in,” said Fred Jones, sitting with his wife at Orlando International Airport.

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Fred Jones and his wife, Georgianne, are heading home to Detroit, Michigan, saying they have already taken precautions against the novel COVID-19 variant ommicron.

“You can wear a mask, as you can see,” Georgianne said. “Flying southwest, we made sure to do a non-stop flight just away from when we’re around people.”

The World Health Organization has labeled ommicron as a “variety of care”.

It has prompted President Joe Biden to issue precautionary restrictions on air traffic from South Africa and seven other countries.

Doctors in Central Florida agree with the Biden administration’s moves.

dr. Todd Husty, Seminole County medical director, said: “It has more mutations than other coronaviruses, so that’s worrying. It looks like it’s highly transmissible, although they haven’t absolutely proven it.”

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Fred Jones said this won’t stop the travel plans.

“You cannot predict what will happen tomorrow. When you wake up in the morning, you just have to deal with it. We don’t know,” Jones said.

Georgianne said she hopes the current US vaccination rate will be enough to stop the new variant.

“I hope people in this day and age are kind and patient and just do what you can, but be nice,” Georgianne said.

Health officials advise people to exercise caution when making their travel plans for the vacation.

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