Several European nations halt UK flights over new COVID strain

Several European countries have banned flights to and from the United Kingdom and others were considering such action, all in hopes of blocking a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from establishing a strong foothold on the continent.

Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Italy all announced restrictions on UK travel on Sunday.

A government spokesman in Germany said the country is working on a regulation to restrict travel between Germany and Britain to protect the country from the new coronavirus variant.

Germany said it was in contact with its European partners about the travel restrictions too. It wasn’t immediately clear when or for how long the restrictions would be. The country said it will also restrict travel to and from South Africa.

The Netherlands banned flights from the UK for at least the rest of the year while Belgium issued a flight ban for 24 hours starting at midnight and also halted train links to Britain, including the Eurostar.

A government spokesman in Germany said the country is working on a regulation to restrict travel between Germany and Britain to protect the country from the new coronavirus variant.

Germany said it was in contact with its European partners about the travel restrictions too. It wasn’t immediately clear when or for how long the restrictions would be. The country said it will also restrict travel to and from South Africa.

The Netherlands banned flights from the UK for at least the rest of the year while Belgium issued a flight ban for 24 hours starting at midnight and also halted train links to Britain, including the Eurostar.

A government spokesman in Germany said the country is working on a regulation to restrict travel between Germany and Britain to protect the country from the new coronavirus variant.

Germany said it was in contact with its European partners about the travel restrictions too. It wasn’t immediately clear when or for how long the restrictions would be. The country said it will also restrict travel to and from South Africa.

The Netherlands banned flights from the UK for at least the rest of the year while Belgium issued a flight ban for 24 hours starting at midnight and also halted train links to Britain, including the Eurostar.

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