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The Netherlands on Monday joined a range of nations banning flights from South Africa to stop the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus.

The Dutch government said all passenger flights were banned with immediate effect until 1 January at the latest. An exception would be made for medical workers, it said, while cargo flights were also still allowed.

There are no intensive care beds available in densely populated southern California or the state’s agricultural San Joaquin Valley, together home to nearly 30 million people, amid a deadly surge of Covid-19, the governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday.

The pandemic is overwhelming hospitals in the most-populous US state, even as the government and two of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains began a nationwide campaign on Monday to vaccinate nursing home residents against the highly contagious respiratory disease.

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