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Taiwan has reintroduced higher level entry restrictions, closing its borders to everyone but citizens, residents, and a small number of excepted categories from 1 January, after it detected the first case of the UK variant of Covid-19.

Health authorities said today that a Taiwanese teenager returned from the UK on Sunday, and had a fever when he landed. He was sent to hospital, and was diagnosed with the new strain of Covid-19 on Monday. Health and welfare minister Chen Shih-chung said the boy was receiving treatment and was stable.

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The ban on flights from the UK to Norway will be extended until 1600 GMT on 2 January because of ongoing concerns over the mutated strain of coronavirus, the Norwegian health ministry said late on Tuesday.

“It is still possible that the ban is extended further,” the ministry said in a statement.

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