British Health Secretary Matt Hancock Told the BBC Sunday that “the new version is out of control.”
The World Health Organization said on Sunday that it was in “close contact” with British authorities over the new strain, now found in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia, BBC reported.
Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Mio announced on Sunday in a Facebook post, “Italy plans to suspend flights from the UK soon for the safety of Italy and our countrymen. The Netherlands will reduce flights starting Sunday Will start stopping until the low ends. ” The year. Dutch health officials first raised the alarm when they detected a coronovirus case along the same British strand. Belgium ordered a 24-hour ban on flights and trains on Sunday and from Britain and started at midnight.
According to European media reports, France, Germany and Ireland are considering similar restrictions. RTE News of Ireland The report said that the government expected to issue a 48-hour ban on flights and ferries from Britain. German government deputy spokeswoman Martina Fiat said in a tweet on Sunday that Germany is currently drafting rules to restrict travel to the UK and South Africa and is in contact with European allies.
The leaders of France and Germany will also speak on Sunday about the coordination of the next steps. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Union Commission Chairman Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel attended a European Council meeting on Sunday, in which “the latest developments on virus variants and related measures, “Was discussed. For an EU official.
The Associated Press reported that Greece has issued new rules requiring seven-day quarantine for travelers arriving from Britain, rather than the current three-day period, beginning on Monday.
Newer mutations or variants have significantly faster transmission rates, although experts said it does not appear to be more lethal or vaccine resistant.
“While this seems to be more easily transmitted, we do not yet have evidence that it is a more lethal virus to someone who gets it,” Bivek Administration nominee for US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Told ABC News, “Meet Sunday Press”. “There is no reason to believe that vaccines that have been developed will not be effective against this virus as well.”
“The bottom line is if you are at home and you are listening to this news, it does not change what we do in terms of precautions because it can reduce the spread of the virus,” he said.
As matters progress, Britain announced pandemic sanctions on Saturday, reversing earlier expectations of a more relaxed holiday in London and parts of the country and returning to virtual lockdown.
Eurostar train On Sunday, he asked to temporarily cut service for trains between London, Brussels and Amsterdam.
The development hits at the beginning of a holiday season, when Britons often seek warmer weather in Mediterranean countries or visit the ski slopes of France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, which are all financially bad from epidemic restrictions Have been affected
Chico Harlan in Rome and Quentin Arius in Brussels contributed to this report.