By Sarah Keane • 20 December 2020 • 14:27
ITALY bans flights from the UK as fears over the new Covid strain grow
Italy has become the third country to ban flights coming from the UK, as the Netherlands and Belgium announced they were closing the border to Brits on Sunday, December 20. Germany is also now considering banning all passenger flights from the UK after the worrying detection of a new, more infectious variant of Covid.
“As a government, we have a duty to protect Italians, so for this reason, after a warning the British government, we are about to sign the order to suspend flights with Great Britain,” said Italian foreign minister Luigi di Maio.
Just hours before this announcement, the Dutch government released a statement with a similar message:
“Pending further information, and an explanation of the epidemiological situation in the United Kingdom, the public health institute recommends that any introduction of this virus strain from the United Kingdom should be limited as much as possible, by limiting or controlling passenger movement.’
It continued: “The cabinet is closely monitoring the developments of the Covid-19 virus abroad and is investigating the possibilities for additional measures for other modes of transport.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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