The UK Government announced this Thursday the ban on flights from Portugal and fourteen countries in South America (including Colombia) to try to prevent the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus detected in Brazil.
The British Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps, reported that arrivals will be suspended from this morning from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela, as well as those of Portugal and Cape Verde due to their close ties with Brazil.
The conservative government of Boris Johnson was under pressure to restrict travel from the south of the American continent after the discovery of a new variant of the virus in Brazil.
I’ve taken the urgent decision to BAN ARRIVALS from ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, BOLIVIA, CAPE VERDE, CHILE, COLOMBIA, ECUADOR, FRENCH GUIANA, GUYANA, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PERU, SURINAME, URUGUAY AND VENEZUELA – from TOMORROW, 15 JAN at 4AM following evidence of a new variant in Brazil. 1/3
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) January 14, 2021
“By delaying measures to cut travel between the UK and South America” the Conservatives are “risking the arrival of the new strain”said Sarah Olney, head of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (center) on transportation.
Country most affected in Europe by the pandemic, with almost 85,000 confirmed deaths Due to covid-19, the United Kingdom faces an unstoppable wave of infections since the discovery in December of a new strain in the south of England, apparently much more contagious.
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For its part, this other mutation originated in the Brazilian Amazon, and which was detected in Japan on Sunday, worries the international community about the possibility that it modifies the immune response in the middle of the vaccination campaign.
The UK had suspended direct travel from South Africa following the discovery of another variant of the virus in that country. For the rest of the countries, the obligation to present a negative coronavirus test to enter England -demand that the country imposed after many of its neighbors-, initially scheduled to come into force this weekend, was postponed to next Monday. Scotland will start applying it on Friday.
EFE Y AFP