By Sarah Keane • 14 January 2021 • 9:11
UK government plans to bans flight from Brazil amid fears of a third Covid variant
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a ban on all flights coming from Brazil after a meeting of the ministerial Covid-O committee on Thursday, January 14, having been criticised by Labour MP Yvette Cooper for not taking action sooner.
“You were warned about the Brazil variant three days ago. We don’t know, yet, whether that variant could undermine the vaccination programme. Why aren’t you taking immediate action, on a precautionary basis?” Ms Cooper asked.
Boris Johnson replied: “We are: we’re putting in extra measures to ensure that people coming from Brazil are checked: and indeed stopping people coming from Brazil.”
The state-run Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), the largest medical research centre in Latin America, has confirmed the identification and circulation of a new variant of the coronavirus that, according to the researchers, has originated from the Amazon rain forest. It is not yet known if this new variant is more contagious than the original virus.
“We’re taking steps to stop the Brazil variant, as we’ve taken steps to stop the South African variant being imported into this country, as indeed the French took steps to prevent the Kent variant being imported into France: that’s what countries do,” Mr Johnson added.
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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.
They “might ban flights from Brazil on Monday”???
Have they learned nothing at all??????
Plus thgere’s the fact that it will spread all over the world anyway. The best thing to do would to be require arrivals to quarantine in supervised premises on arrival, as is done in New Zealand, for instance. “Self-isolation” is not being done, and requiues mingling with others on arrival anyway. Useless.
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