BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said on Friday it plans to shut down air travel from southern Africa to prevent the spread of An new COVID-19 variant as the bloc of 27 countries fights en masse spike in cases.
“The last what we need is to bring in An new variant die shall cause even more problems’ said the German minister of Public Health Jens Spahn.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: in a statement die she “proposes, in close coordination with the Member States, to activate the emergency brake to stop air travel from the south of Africa region.”
AN new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is worrying because of the high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the most populous province in the country.
Germany said von der Leyen’s proposal could be passed if: soon like Friday night. Spahn said airlines are coming back from South Africa can only transport German citizens home, and travelers will need in go quarantine for 14 days of they have been vaccinated of not.
Germany has seen new record daily case numbers in past days and passed the goal of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday.
A quarter spike of the coronavirus mainly affects the 27 countries of the EU, with governments die make an effort to tighten restrictions in an attempt to spread in to checkers. The proposal for a no-fly zone came in the wake of similar action from Great Britain on Thursday.
The UK announced that it banned flights from South Africa and five other South Africans countries effective at 12 noon on Friday, and that anyone who had recently arrived from die countries would be asked to take a coronavirus test.
The British minister of Health Sajid Javid said there were concerns over the new variant “maybe” more transmissible” than the dominant delta strain, and “the vaccines” die we currently may be less effective” against the.
The coronavirus is evolving as it spreads and many new variants, including die with disturbing mutations, often just die out. Scientists follow for possible changes that could be more transferable of deadly, but sort out of new variants have a public health effects can last for some time.
Currently identified as B.1.1.529, the new variant has also been found in Botswana and Hong Kong in travelers from South Africa, he said.
The technical functioning of the World Health Organization group is to meet on Friday at the new variant and can decide of you give it is a name from the Greek alphabet.
The World Health Organization says coronavirus infections rose met 11% in Europe in the past week, the only one region in the world where COVID-19 stays rise. The Europe of the WHO director, dr. Hans Kluge, warned that without urgent action, the continent could see another 700,000 dead by spring.
The EU’s emergency braking mechanism is set up To hang out with such emergencies.
Where the epidemiological situation of a third country of region deteriorates quickly, in especially as a variant of concern of of interest has been detected, member states should take on an urgent, temporary disability on all trips to the EU. This emergency brake should not applicable to EUburgers, long-term EU residents and certain categories of essential travelers, who should nevertheless be subject to appropriate testing and quarantine measures, even if fully vaccinated.
such restrictions should be reviewed at least every two weeks.
Lorne Cook in Brussels and Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed
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