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EU may close flights from southern Africa due to new strain of coronavirus


Following the discovery of a new COVID-19 strain in southern Africa, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has stated that the EU would consider restricting flights from that region to the EU.

The strain in question is B.1.1.529, which, due to its enormous number of mutations, may be more harmful than the delta strain.

"The European Commission will propose activating an emergency flight suspension mechanism from the southern African region owing to the introduction of the harmful B.1.1.529 strain there," Ms von der Leyen stated on Twitter.

More than 80 people have been infected with the novel COVID-19 strain in Africa. As a result, the United Kingdom has suspended flights to six African nations, while Israel has prohibited its people from entering seven African countries.

Experts believe that the B.1.1.529 strain is also more vaccine resistant. Sajid Javid, the British Minister of Health, shares this viewpoint. Today, November 26th, the World Health Organization will conduct an emergency meeting.

source: reuters.com