Europe is considering a flight ban on variants of the new corona virus, which is spreading rapidly in South Africa.

Alexandra M.

File photo: European Commission President Arsula van der Leyen meets with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (not pictured) on January 12, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.  REUTERS / Johanna Geron

European Commission President Arsala van der Leyen. Reuters

  • A new strain of corona virus – B.1.1.529 – is spreading rapidly in South Africa.

  • This is forcing the European Commission to consider banning flights from the region.

  • The United Kingdom on Thursday banned travel to six South African countries.


The European Union (EU) is considering banning “emergency brake” flights to South African countries, citing a new strain of the new corona virus.

European Commission President Arsula van der Leyen wrote on Friday, “The European Commission, in close coordination with the member states, will propose the activation of emergency brakes to prevent air travel from the South African region. The reason is the concern of B.1.1.529. ” Morning

Van der Leyen did not say whether European flight bans could target countries.

A variety of corona virus was initially identified in Botswana, and seems to be responsible for the increase in corona virus cases in South Africa.

The United Kingdom on Thursday added South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Iswatini and Zimbabwe to the “red list” of countries with travel bans.

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