This information was informed in the BBC report on Saturday.
According to the agency, this new strain of coronavirus has undergone several mutations and is thought to be at high risk of re-infection.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the variant was first identified in South Africa on November 24. This variant has also been found in Botswana, Israel, Belgium and Hong Kong.
Several countries around the world have now decided to ban or restrict travel to South Africa.
Travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini will not enter the U.K. However, this condition does not apply to the U.K. or Irish citizens and U.K. residents.
U.S. officials say a ban will be imposed on South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Swatini, Mozambique and Malawi. It will be effective from Monday. The United Kingdom has made this decision before.
Brazil and Australia have also announced travel bans.