The EU is considering a flight ban in southern Africa due to new coronavirus variant

  • A new variant of coronavirus – B.1.1.529 – is spreading rapidly in southern Africa.
  • This leads the European Commission to consider a no-fly zone from the region.
  • Britain on Thursday restricted travel to and from six South African countries.

The European Union is considering an “emergency brake” flight ban on South African countries, citing a new coronavirus variant that is spreading rapidly there.

“The European Commission will propose, in close coordination with the Member States, to activate the emergency brake to stop flights from the South African region due to the variant of concern B.1.1.529,” wrote European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday. morning.

Von der Leyen did not say which countries a European flight ban could be aimed at.

The coronavirus variant was originally identified in Botswana and appears to be responsible for an increase in coronavirus cases in South Africa.

Britain on Thursday added South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe to its “red list” of countries from which travel will be restricted.

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