Netherlands bans flights from Great Britain
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After the discovery of a new version of the Coronavirus in Great Britain, passenger aircraft arriving from the UK are no longer allowed to land in the Netherlands. Belgium also cut off its transport links with the United Kingdom.
UTo prevent the spread of a new version of the coronovirus appearing in Great Britain, passenger aircraft arriving from the UK are currently not allowed to land in the Netherlands. This regulation applies from Sunday morning to January 1, the government in The Hague said. She also announced that a case of the new mutation, which appears to be particularly contagious, has also been discovered in the Netherlands.
“An infectious mutation in the coronavirus is circulating in the UK. It spreads easier and faster and is more difficult to find, ”said the Dutch Ministry of Health. The National Health Authority therefore recommended “to prevent the entry of this virus variant from Great Britain as far as possible”. This is why the Cabinet of Prime Minister Mark Rutte decided to ban flights from Great Britain “as a precaution”.
Belgium also cut off its transport links with the United Kingdom. Flights and train connections from Great Britain will be halted at midnight, a government official in Brussels announced on Sunday. Prime Minister Alexander de Crew said on VRT television that the suspension of flight and train connections would apply for at least 24 hours.
The Dutch flight ban should apply at 6 am on Sunday and by 1 January. Possible rules for other traffic routes are currently being reviewed, the Health Ministry said. In addition, new EU countries should be consulted about steps to be taken to prevent or limit the spread of new corona mutations.
In any case, travel should be avoided if possible, the ministry appealed to the Dutch, who are currently in a difficult lockdown: among other things, schools and all shops that are not necessary for everyday use, Will be closed by mid-January.
Regarding the Corona case with a new mutation occurring in the Netherlands, the ministry said it was discovered in early December. According to preliminary results, this is the “version described in Great Britain”. Experts are currently investigating how this infection occurred and whether there are related cases.
Curfew was imposed in London and southeast England on Saturday after the British government discovered a new version of the coronovirus, blamed for the sharp increase in the number of infections in the south of England.
According to the initial findings, the new virus mutation British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said was “70 percent more infectious” than the first widespread form. So far, however, nothing indicates that “it is more fatal or causes a more severe form of the disease”. The vaccine’s effectiveness will not be affected by the strain of the new virus, Johnson assured.
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