Austria, Belgium, Italy & Netherlands Shut Down UK Flights Fearing New Covid Strain
Over the last few days it has been reported that there is a new, and more contagious, covid-19 strain in the U.K. that has some countries acting. In response to this news Austria, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands have halted started, or issued, U.K. travel bans. They fear that the new strain could spread to their borders and the Europe mainland as a whole. Air travel was the main reason that the original covid-19 outbreak spanned the globe so quickly.
Here is what the current bans are, according to CNBC:
- The Netherlands banned flights from the U.K for the rest of the year.
- Belgium issued a 24 hour flight ban starting at midnight. They also halted train links to Britain, including Eurostar.
- Austria has said they will be halting flights from the U.K. but they have not given any firm details as of yet.
- Italy announced that they would suspend flights to and from the U.K. but no details have been given yet.
On top of these bans a few other countries have hinted at following suit. Germany has also considered limiting flights to and from the U.K. The Czech Republic imposed stricter quarantine measures for people arriving from the U.K. but has not banned travel between the two countries.
The new strain was discovered in September and has been spreading at a higher rate than the previous strain. It does not appear to be any more lethal or cause a more severe illness than the previous strain of covid-19. There is also no evidence to suggest that vaccines will be less effective against it.