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Lions tour of South Africa in doubt as talks held over new coronavirus variants

  • New Covid strains have emerged in England and South Africa
  • February set as deadline by managing director Ben Calveley

The British & Irish Lions will decide by next month whether their tour to South Africa that starts in July will go ahead after new strains of coronavirus that have emerged there and in Britain add to the uncertainty over whether fans will be allowed to watch matches.

The British government is currently advising anyone against travelling to South Africa, which last weekend became the first country in the continent to reach one million cases of Covid-19 and has banned the sale of alcohol as well as imposing a nationwide curfew.

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