Netherlands bans flights from UK after detecting new strain of coronavirus


The Netherlands will ban flights carrying passengers from the UK from Sunday as Britain has detected a new strain of coronavirus.

A travel ban will remain in place until January 1, the government said in a statement Sunday morning, adding that it was monitoring developments and considering additional measures regarding other modes of transport.

The Netherlands added that in early December, sampling of a case in the country revealed the same viral strain found in the UK.

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As part of measures to control the spread of the virus, the government has issued a “do not travel” advisory unless absolutely essential.

The World Health Organization said on Saturday it was in close contact with British officials over a new variant of the COVID-19 virus.

“They (UK officials) will continue to share information and the results of their analysis and ongoing studies. We will inform Member States and the public as we learn more about the characteristics of this variant of the virus and its implications, ”the WHO said in a statement. tweeter.

A new strain of coronavirus identified in the UK is up to 70% more infectious, but it is not believed to be more deadly and vaccines are still expected to be effective, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and scientists said on Saturday.

Johnson also said that London and the south-east of England, which are currently at the highest level of a three-tier rules system, will now be placed in a new tier of tier 4.


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