Italy’s Foreign Minister announced on Sunday that Italy would suspend flights from Great Britain to protect “Italians” from the new coronavirus variant

Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Twitter that the government was preparing a measure that would block flights It was not immediately clear when it would take effect

Italian media reports indicate that around two dozen flights are to arrive in Italy on Sunday, most of them in the northern region of Lombardy, but also in Veneto and Lazio, to which Venice and / or Belong to Rome

More than 327000 Italian citizens live in the UK The unofficial total is up to 700000 Sunday is the last day Italians can travel from one region to another before the Christmas holidays as the government has imposed a new partial lockdown to prevent a renewed surge in infections

The Netherlands, Belgium and Austria have also banned flights from the USAK and Germany was considering restricting such flights to ensure that the new coronavirus strain sweeping southern England did not find a steady foothold on the continent

The Netherlands has banned flights from the USAK at least for the rest of the year, while Belgium issued a flight ban for 24 hours from midnight and also stopped train connections to the UK, including Eurostars. German officials were considering “serious options” for incoming flights from the USAK, but have not yet taken any action

Austria said it would also stop flights from the UK However, according to the Austrian news agency APA, there were no immediate details about the timing of the ban, while the Czech Republic imposed stricter quarantine measures on people who came from the USK

The five EU governments say they are responding to tougher measures UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed in London and the surrounding area on Saturday. He immediately put these regions on a new level 4 of restrictions and said one would fast-moving new variant of the virus that is 70 percent more transmissible than existing strains that appears to be driving the rapid spread of new infections in London and southern England

“There’s no evidence that it’s more deadly or causes more serious illness,” Johnson said, or that vaccines are less effective against it

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said on Sunday that he had issued the flight ban for 24 hours from midnight as a precautionary measure ”

“There are a lot of questions about this new mutation and if it’s not already on the mainland,” he said. He hoped to have more clarity by Tuesday

The World Health Organization tweeted late Saturday: “We are in close contact with UK Officials on the new virus variant, # COVID19, pledged to update governments and the public as soon as more is learned about this variant

The new strain of coronavirus was identified in the south-east of England in September and has been circulating in the region since then, a WHO official told the BBC on Sunday

“We understand that portability is increased in terms of ability to spread,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical director for COVID-19

Studies are ongoing to better understand how quickly it is spreading and whether “it is related to the variant itself or a combination of factors with behavior,” she said

She said the strain had also been identified in Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia where there was one case that did not spread

“The longer this virus spreads, the more opportunities it has to change,” she said. “So we really have to do everything we can to prevent it from spreading, and minimizing that spread will make it less likely that it will spread.” changes ”

Susan Hopkins of Public Health England said that while the variant has been around since September, it wasn’t until this week that officials felt they had enough evidence to explain that it had higher transmissibility than other circulating ones Viruses

The trunk has spread to other parts of the UK but in lesser amounts than in and around London, she told the BBC

Germany has not yet formulated a ban, but is considering restricting or suspending flights from the USA The dpa news agency also reported on Sunday. A high-ranking German official told dpa that flight restrictions from Great Britain were a “serious option” ”

The Czech Republic has announced that anyone who has spent at least 24 hours on British territory in the past two weeks will be required to isolate from this Sunday

Germany, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU with 27 nations, was in contact with its neighbors and closely followed all developments regarding the new variant, reported dpa

Europe has been hit by the surge in new infections and deaths from recurrence of the virus this fall, and many nations have imposed a number of restrictions to rule on their outbreaks

There were over 67 in the UK000 deaths in the pandemic, the second highest confirmed number in Europe after Italy

Johnson closed all non-essential stores, hairdressers, gyms and pools on Saturday, urging the British to reorganize their vacation plans In Tier 4 areas, including London, indoor mixing is now banned, and only substantial travel in and out of such areas is allowed. In the rest of England, people are only allowed to meet in Christmas bubbles for one day instead of the five scheduled

A video also appeared on Saturday showing crowds rushing to London train stations, apparently looking for locations in the UK with less stringent coronavirus restrictions before the new rules took effect

“We in the government have a responsibility, of course, but each and every one of us, too,” he said get a grip ”

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