Several European nations halt UK flights over new COVID pressure

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Several European nations have banned flights to and from the United Kingdom and others had been contemplating such motion, after a brand new pressure of the coronavirus has been detected throughout southern England.
On Sunday, the Netherlands introduced a right away ban on flights. France mentioned it will bar all individuals coming from the UK for 48 hours from Sunday evening, together with freight carriers, whether or not by highway, air, sea or rail. Belgium mentioned it will shut its borders to flights and trains.
Germany, Italy and the Netherlands ordered a suspension of flights from Britain, whereas Ireland mentioned it will impose restrictions on flights and ferries from its neighbour.
Italy’s well being ministry on Sunday mentioned it has detected a affected person contaminated with the brand new pressure of the virus. “The COVID variant recently discovered in London is worrying and will need to be investigated by our scientists”, Italian well being minister Roberto Speranza mentioned.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Saturday introduced that the brand new pressure is as much as 70% extra infectious. He additionally mentioned that London and southeast England, that are presently within the highest stage of a three-tier system of rules, would now be positioned in a brand new Tier four stage.
Johnson added, nonetheless, that “there’s no evidence to suggest it is more lethal or causes more severe illness”, or that vaccines can be much less efficient towards it.
On Saturday, the World Health Organization mentioned it was “in close contact with UK officials on the new #COVID19 virus variant” and promised to replace governments and the general public as extra is discovered.

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