The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson addressed the people on Saturday that larger parts of Southern and Eastern England would face a “Tier 4” lockdown as seen in early Spring. He broke this news days after telling the people that the lockdown rules will be relaxed during Christmas time. This step was taken by the UK Government as a new COVID-19 variant was found in the UK which has been found 70% more dangerous than the previous wave of the virus!
New COVID-19 variant was found in the UK!
The new strain of the virus emerged in Southeast England and was identified in Denmark, Netherlands, and Australia by WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove. “We understand that this variant has been identified also in Denmark, in the Netherlands and there was one case in Australia and it didn’t spread further there,” she told BBC.
Countries cancel flights to and from the UK!
As the news of the new variant spread, countries decided to one-up their precautions and cancel flights to and from the country so that they can prevent the further spread of the new virus strain.
The Netherlands has banned all passenger flights from the UK to control the spread “as much as possible.” The Belgian prime minister banned flights from the UK for 24 hours as a”precautionary measure” and the ban can be extended too if necessary. The Italian government has also restricted anyone who has visited the UK in the past 2 weeks to enter the country and the Czech Republic has imposed a 10-day mandatory quarantine on anyone coming back to the country from the UK.
All these ban/precautions were imposed after the new COVID-19 variant was found in the UK just before the Christmas holidays. The United Kingdom itself broke the record of daily coronavirus cases on Sunday with over 35,928 new cases. As stated by the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, the new variant is responsible for 60% of the new cases in the UK.
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