Countries across Europe halt flights from Britain over concerns about coronavirus mutation
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC Sunday that “the new variant is out of control.”
The new strain has now also been found in Australia, Denmark and the Netherlands, the BBC reported. Italy’s Health Ministry confirmed Sunday night that scientists had detected the U.K. mutation in a person who returned to Italy from Britain “in the last few days.” The ministry’s statement said that the person and close contacts were in isolation.
The European Union has scheduled a crisis meeting for Monday morning to discuss the mutation.
Germany will ban all air traffic from Britain on Sunday at midnight and review the ban on Dec. 31, the German Embassy in London announced. Irish Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said Ireland will impose 48-hour restrictions on flights and ferries from Britain starting at midnight and review the regulations Tuesday. “There is an exception for goods traffic and essential supply-chain workers,” he told Virgin Media News.
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[Source: Washington Post]