The European Commission proposed suspending flights from southern Africa due to the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus and countries such as Italy and Germany have banned or plan to ban the arrival of travelers from South Africa.
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“The European Commission will propose, in close coordination with the Member States, to activate the emergency brake to interrupt flights from the southern African region due to variant B.1.1.529”, said on Twitter the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, without specifying how many countries in southern Africa were affected by this decision.
The European executive will make a proposal in this regard to member countries during a meeting scheduled for this Friday.
For its part, Germany announced on Friday that it will not admit travelers from South Africa, a day after a similar decision by United Kingdom.
Italy announced that it will prohibit the entry into its territory of any person who has remained in the south of Africa during the “Last 14 days”. The countries affected by this measure are South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland.
“The situation is evolving very fast, we want to have the maximum guarantees to stop the expansion of this variant”a spokesman for the European Commission told AFP.