Several European nations halt UK flights over new COVID strain

InternationalSeveral European nations halt UK flights over new COVID strain


Several European nations halt UK flights over new COVID strain

London: Several European countries placed new restrictions on travel to and from the United Kingdom to make sure that a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England does not establish a strong foothold on the continent.

The Netherlands on Sunday banned flights from the UK for at least the rest of the year while Belgium issued a flight ban for 24 hours starting at midnight and also halted train links to Britain, including the Eurostar.

“An infectious mutation of the COVID-19 virus is circulating in the United Kingdom. It is said to spread more easily and faster and is more difficult to detect,” the Dutch health ministry said in a statement.

The Dutch public health body, the RIVM, therefore “recommends any introduction of this virus strain from the UK be limited as much as possible by limiting and/or controlling passenger movements”.

The ministry said a case study in the Netherlands “at the beginning of December revealed a virus with the variant described” in the UK.

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