Friday, November 26, 2021

Coronavirus: EU to block flights after Belgium new variant case - BBC News

EU nations should impose an emergency flight ban on countries where a new coronavirus variant has been found, the European Commission has said, as Belgium confirmed a case.

The variant, currently known as B.1.1.529, has also been identified in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is meeting to discuss the development.

Scientists say they still have much to learn about the virus's new mutations.

The WHO has said it will take a few weeks to understand the impact of the new variant, as experts work to determine how transmissible it is.

The variant is yet to be given a more memorable name, like Delta or Beta. The WHO is expected to name it on Friday, and announce whether it is a variant of concern or just a variant of interest....




  1. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a new coronavirus variant to be "of concern" and named it Omicron.

    It said the variant had a large number of mutations, and early evidence suggested a possible increased risk of reinfection.

    It was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on 24 November, and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.

    Several countries banned travel from southern Africa on Thursday.

  2. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that countries restricting travel to and from southern Africa to prevent the spread of a “super-mutant” Covid-19 variant are acting too hastily.

    “At this point, implementing travel measures is being cautioned against,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said on Friday at a UN briefing in Geneva. “The WHO recommends that countries continue to apply a risk-based and a scientific approach when implementing travel measures.”


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