New variant, first spotted in the UK, continues to spread, with Pakistan, India reporting cases among travellers.
Pakistan and India are the latest countries to report first cases of the new, highly contagious coronavirus variant detected in the UK.
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India reported six people who travelled from the UK to be carrying the variant.
South Korea reported 40 new COVID deaths, a record daily toll, bringing the death tally to 859 as the country grapples with a third wave of infection centred around nursing homes and a prison in Seoul.
And South Africa further tightened COVID restrictions, banning alcohol sales and extending a nationwide curfew.
Globally, more than 81.18 million people reported to be infected by the virus and 1,773,003 have died so far.