Finance Minister Simon Birmingham has commented on global concerns relating to a new variant of COVID-19 recorded out of South Africa.

The World Health Organisation is holding an emergency meeting, while the UK has already imposed a travel ban to six African countries.

“As always, our Australian authorities, our medical advisors and teams will be working very closely as part of those global discussions to ensure that we have the best possible information and analysis available to us,” Mr Birmingham told Sky News Australia.

“We have, throughout every step of COVID-19, been able to keep on top of the international situations – and we’ll make sure that we continue to do so, with the best possible analysis.”

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