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  • Monday ,21 December 2020
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Belgians, Dutch halt UK flights, fearing a new strain of coronavirus

by-ahram

International News

00:12

Monday ,21 December 2020

Belgians, Dutch halt UK flights, fearing a new strain of coronavirus

 Belgium has joined the Netherlands in banning flights from the U.K. and also banned rail connections in an attempt to make sure that a new strain of coronavirus that is sweeping across southern England does not spill over on its territory.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on Sunday said he was issuing the order for 24 hours starting at midnight ``out of precaution.    
 
``There are a great many questions about this new mutation and if it is not already on the mainland,     he said. He hoped to have more clarity as of Tuesday.
 
The Netherlands is banning flights from the U.K. for at least the rest of the year.
 
Both Belgium and the Netherlands were reacting to tougher measures imposed in London and surrounding areas on Saturday by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
 
Johnson said a fast-moving new variant of the virus that is 70% more transmissible than existing strains appears to be driving the rapid spread of new infections in London and southern England.