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Netherlands bans flights from UK due to new coronavirus strain

Source : 112 Ukraine

Sampling in the country revealed the same new strain of the highly contagious virus that was found in the UK
11:54, 20 December 2020

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The Netherlands has banned flights carrying passengers from the United Kingdom as Britain detected a new coronavirus strain, Reuters reports with reference to the Dutch government's statement.

A travel ban will remain in place until January 1.

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The government also noted that it is monitoring developments and is considering additional measures regarding other modes of transport.

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

In measures to control the spread of the virus, the government issued a “do not travel” advisory, unless it is absolutely essential.

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The ban came after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and scientists announced on Saturday that the new strain of coronavirus identified in the country is up to 70% more infectious.

Johnson also said London and southeast England, which are currently in the highest level of a three-tier system of rules, would now be placed in a new Tier 4 level.

As we reported earlier, South Africa has identified a new variant of the coronavirus that is driving the second wave of infections. 

“We have convened this public briefing today to announce that a variant of the SARS-COV-2 Virus - currently termed 501.V2 Variant - has been identified by our genomics scientists here in South Africa,” the head of the country's Ministry of Health Zweli Mkhize said.

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