Five countries enforce travel ban on UK after detection of new strain of coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday that a new variant of the Sars-Cov-2 has spread rapidly in parts of the country, and was estimated by scientists to be 70% more transmissible.

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Concerns over a new strain of the coronavirus that is feared to be more contagious forced at least five countries on Sunday to ban travel from the United Kingdom, with several others, including India, considering similar restrictions.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday that a new variant of the Sars-Cov-2 has spread rapidly in parts of the country, and was estimated by scientists to be 70% more transmissible. The announcement was made when the PM unveiled a new fourth tier of restrictions to come into force in UK’s capital and parts of the country’s south-east.

Less than 24 hours following that announcement, Netherlands – which too has detected some cases of the new variant – suspended flights from the UK. Later in the day, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Italy announced they too will restrict travel.A similar decision could also be taken in India, where the government convened an emergency meeting on Monday morning. “We are watching the situation closely and do not rule out a travel restriction. A decision will be taken at the meeting,” said a senior government official, asking not to be named.

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