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How a worrisome coronavirus variant spread unnoticed

Passengers wearing face masks at the main departure hall in the terminal of Athens International Airport

A SARS-CoV-2 variant spreading across Europe probably caught a ride to the region with travellers arriving from central Africa. Credit: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty

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  • Correction 14 May 2021: An earlier version of this story cited the wrong paper in reference 1.


  1. Dudas, G. et al. Preprint at medRxiv (2021).

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