The cabinet of the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, called a videoconference this Sunday to share information with the countries of the European Union about the new most contagious variant of the coronavirus detected in the United Kingdom and to analyze the preventive measures already taken by some of the Twenty seven.
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Spain, France and Germany asked the EU authorities this Sunday for a coordinated community response on whether they should ban air traffic with the United Kingdom, after several countries have done so after confirming London the appearance of this new variant of the covid -19.
The Elysee advanced today that French President Emmanuel Macron had spoken about the health situation in the United Kingdom and about Brexit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel; the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
The videoconference called by Michel’s cabinet, and scheduled this Sunday at an unspecified time, is intended to “share information at the capital level on the latest development of the virus variant and related measures”, European sources indicated.
This telematic meeting “involves representatives of the member states”, but “not at the level of leaders”, the sources specified, making it clear that it is independent of the specific contacts maintained at the highest level.
The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Austria decided to ban flights to the United Kingdom, while Ireland will impose restrictions from around midnight and Greece will require a seven-day quarantine from tomorrow on all people arriving from there.
There is no indication that the new variant is more lethal than the previous ones, but there is evidence that it is more infectious, which has unleashed the alarm and the possibility that more European countries join what already threatens to become an isolation of Britain.
According to British scientists, the new strain accelerates the transmission of the viru by up to 70%sy seems responsible for the disturbing increase in infections in London and several counties in the south-east and east of England, which has forced it to confine more than 20 million people.
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was forced the day before to modify the population displacement plans for this Christmas and placed London and the southeast of England at risk level 4 – serious – with the closure of stores that They sell non-essential items, gyms or movie theaters.