Netherlands bans United Kingdom flights, fearing new coronavirus variant

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 21, 2020

"The Government of Canada is closely monitoring the genetic variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 identified in the United Kingdom and is working with worldwide partners, including the World Health Organization, to better understand this variant and its impacts", the agency said.

Several European countries announced earlier that they would close their borders to the U.K.as British officials struggle to contain the new strain of the novel coronavirus, which has been blamed on a genetic mutation. The new virus strain prompted an emergency lockdown Saturday.

While the new variant was first seen in Britain in September, by the week of December 9 in London, 62 per cent of COVID-19 cases were due to the new variant. His Health Secretary Matt Hancock emphasized that the new variant is "out of control".

"LocalCircles" conducted a survey on 7,091 people after the news also created ripples in India, which is already reeling under the burden of coronavirus infections with over 1 crore and 50,000 cases already.

It seems that scientists first discovered the new variant in a patient in September. Australian health authorities said a virus strain in northeastern Sydney matched a traveller from the United States, but how it got from the airport to the community was puzzling.

"The increase in cases linked to the new variant first came to light in late November when PHE was investigating why infection rates in Kent were not falling despite national restrictions". But many of these changes have no effect on how easily the virus spreads or how severe symptoms are.

Additionally, any person who was in Britain and entered Italy recently, must undergo a PCR test.

Several other countries, including France, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Irish Republic, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Switzerland and Canada, had earlier announced the suspension of United Kingdom flights, the BBC reported.

Dublin has announced that all flights from Britain will be banned starting Sunday and for a period of at least 48 hours.

Monday's emergency meeting of United Kingdom government officials is expected to focus on the global restrictions, and "in particular the steady flow of freight into and out of the United Kingdom", the Prime Minister's spokesperson told CNN. However, those who do travel are required to quarantine for 14 days immediately upon arrival in Canada. "Further meetings are happening this evening and tomorrow morning to ensure robust plans are in place", the spokesperson added.

CNN's Amy Woodyatt, Taylor Barnes and Tara John contributed reporting.

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