"Three European countries have already limited communications with the UK, three more may do this in the near future. The reason was a sharp increase in the incidence of coronavirus in Britain due to the new strain of Covid-19," the report said.
So, the Netherlands were the first to announce the decision not to accept passenger flights from the kingdom. Air traffic will be limited from January 1. Restrictions on other modes of transport are still under discussion.
Belgium reported that it completely closes the border with Great Britain for 24 hours. In the next day, the authorities will decide exactly how to limit communication with the kingdom.
It also temporarily suspends flights with the UK and Italy. The corresponding order will be signed shortly, the foreign minister announced.
Austria will follow the example of other countries, which will stop accepting flights from the UK.
At the same time, Germany is only considering the possibility of banning air travel from Britain, the Bild writes. Germany will initiate border closures from midnight December 21 to January 6. South Africa, where a mutated virus was also found, may also fall under the restrictions, the newspaper notes.
In addition, according to Bild, the German government wants to completely ban travel from the UK to Europe.
And France is exploring the possibility of interrupting not only air, but also rail links with Great Britain. The decision will be made within 24 hours.
A new strain of the Covid-19 virus has been identified in the UK, which is spreading much faster.