Coronation: Europe is closing its borders to the new mutation – Finally flights from South Africa

The European Union intends to stop air travel from southern Africa, as concerns grow over a new variant of Covid-19 found in South Africa.

He made this decision known, via Twitter, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

"The Commission will propose, in close coordination with the Member States, activate the emergency brake to stop air travel from southern Africa due to the concern variant B.1.1.529 ", he stated.

The variant has one "Very unusual concentration" mutations, which are worrying because they can make it escape the body's immune response and make it more contagious, say South African scientists.

Couple of minutes ago, the Israel announced the detection of a case of the new mutation in its territory. THE World Health Organisation convened an extraordinary meeting, with the main theme of new variant of the coronavirus which will take place today.

The von der Leyen post was preceded by announcements from countries such as Britain, Japan, Australia and Israel that they intend to restrict their flights from South African countries due to concerns about further transmission of the disturbing mutation.

Only German travelers will be accepted by Germany

Perhaps the most immediate response within the EU is Germany's decision to declare South Africa today virus variant region, after a new variant of Covid-19 was spotted there.

The decision, which will take effect tonight, will mean that airlines will only be allowed to transport Germans from South Africa to Germany, according to a source from the Ministry of Health that broadcasts the APE-MPE. The returning Germans, even those who are vaccinated, they should then stay 14 days in quarantine.

"It simply came to our notice then, recently discovered, worries us. For’ this is what we are doing here early ", said Health Minister Jens Span. "The last thing we need now is to introduce a new variant that causes even more problems.".

"The most important variant to date"

Britain announced today that the new strain is considered by scientists the most important which has been identified so far and therefore needs to be determined whether or not it makes vaccines ineffective.

Defending ban on flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini, The British Minister for Transport, Grand Saps, stated that the lesson from COVID-19 is that timely action is necessary.

Britain's Health Insurance Agency announces new coronavirus strain detected, which is called B.1.1.529, has a spike protein that is very different from that of the original strain of the new coronavirus on which the vaccines were based.

"It simply came to our notice then, (this) is the most important variant strain they have encountered to date in their research ", Saps said in a statement to Sky News.

This variant of the new coronavirus was originally found in Botswana and has been found in Hong Kong., to passengers traveling there from Africa.

Biologist: "Almost certainly" existing vaccines are less effective

Vaccines will be "almost certainly" less effective against the new coronavirus variant, said Professor James Naismith to the BBC, structural biologist from the University of Oxford.

However, says vaccines will still be effective, adding: "It's bad news, but it is not a disaster ".

Professor Naismith says mutations in the variant suggest it may spread faster. He emphasized, however, that we should not despair: vaccines will be effective, there are new drugs coming up that "almost certainly" will not be affected by the mutation and we have other ways to control the disease in hospitals.



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