LONDON – The United Kingdom was spreading rapidly in countries around the world on Monday after coronoviruses detected a potentially more contagious strain.
About two dozen countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Iran, Colombia and Morocco, have suspended flights from Britain for 48 hours or longer. Saudi Arabia has closed its borders and suspended all flights regardless of destination or origin.
Crisis meetings were held in London and Brussels, as officials focused on how to respond to variants that experts estimate are 70 percent more permeable than others in circulation. .
In Dover, England’s main port, had already been gridlocked earlier this weekend as a sign of the country’s impending encroachment with the European Union, freight officials warned that new travel restrictions would prevent food and cargo before Christmas. Can wreak havoc on supply chains.
Over the weekend, there was chaos at train stations and grocery stores to avoid new domestic restrictions announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and stocked essentials out of fear of possible shortages.
Although governments around the world are racing to stop the spread of the recently identified Kovid-19 strain, it has happened as it has been detected in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia. Experts say that there is no evidence that it is more lethal or that vaccines will not work against it.
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The United States is not among the countries closing its borders, with officials opposing calls to follow suit.
John F. of New York Government Referring to Kennedy International Airport, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters Sunday that the variant is landing on a plane and landing at JFK today. “How many times in life do you have to make the same mistake before learning?”
Under travel coronavirus travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump, most foreign nationals traveling to Europe in the last 14 days have been prevented from entering the US, but it applies to US citizens, legal residents or their family members under 21 Does not happen.
For Britain itself – already struggling with the worst rate of Kovid-19 deaths and the impending logistic chaos of Brexit – detainees have reduced it to a pariah state overnight.
On Saturday, Johnson performed his latest U-turn, assuring tens of millions of people in southeastern England the day they were asked to cancel their Christmas plans that they could move forward.
While proposing a strict new lockdown on two-thirds of the country, Johnson blamed the presence of the new version. But experts have been warning for over a month that their plan to allow people to stay indoors for five days around Christmas would lead to more cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
The front page of the left-handed British tabloid The Daily Mirror called the UK the “Sick Man of Europe” – a label given to various ailing countries since the mid-1800s.