- Scientists say this variant has spread rapidly among young people in Gauteng, the most densely populated province in the country.
- The 27-nation European Union is severely affected by the fourth increase in coronavirus cases.
- This proposal to ban flights comes after Britain took a similar step on Thursday.
Brussels: Following the arrival of a new B.1.1.529 variant of the coronavirus in South Africa, there has been a stir around the world. All countries express concern about this. The EU executive has said the union wants to ban air travelers from southern Africa to prevent the spread of a new variant of Kovid-19. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement that she is proposing an emergency stop to detain air travelers arriving from the southern African region in close coordination with member states. A new variant of the corona virus has emerged in South Africa, which scientists have described as cause for concern.
Scientists say this variant has spread rapidly among young people in Gauteng, the most densely populated province in the country. The 27-nation European Union is hit hard by the fourth increase in corona virus cases and the government is tightening restrictions in an effort to prevent the spread of the infection. This proposal to ban flights comes after Britain took a similar step on Thursday.
Britain announced that it was banning flights to and from South Africa and five other southern African countries and that the ban would take effect on Friday afternoon. At the same time, he said that people returning from these countries recently will be asked to get tested for the corona virus. UK Health Minister Sajid Javed said there are concerns that the new variant may be more infectious than the delta variant and that the vaccines we currently have against it may be less effective.
The new variant B.1.1.529, which has just been identified, has been found in travelers from South Africa to Botswana and Hong Kong, he said. The World Health Organization’s technical working group is scheduled to meet on Friday to evaluate the new variant and decide whether it can be given a name from the Greek alphabet. The World Health Organization said that cases of corona virus infection increased 11 percent in Europe in the last week and it is the only region in the world where Kovid-19 cases are continuously increasing.
Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO Director for Europe, warned that without immediate action, another 700,000 people could die on the continent in summer. To deal with these types of emergencies, the European Union has established an emergency stop mechanism. When the pandemic situation in a third country or region deteriorates rapidly, member states can impose an immediate temporary ban on all travel within the European Union. These restrictions should be reviewed at least every two weeks.