Germany and Italy on Friday joined Britain in banning most journey from South Africa as governments scramble to stop the unfold of a new COVID-19 variant with a lot of mutations.
In an indication of the rising alarm, the European Union individually proposed prohibiting journey from southern Africa.
The EU’s govt “will propose, in close coordination with member states, to activate the emergency brake to stop air travel from the southern African region due to the variant of concern B.1.1.529,” EU chief Ursula Von der Leyen tweeted Friday.
Germany’s new travel restrictions, beginning Friday night time, will have an effect on South Africa and “probably neighbouring nations”, German Minister of Health Jens Spahn stated, with solely German nationals allowed entry.
They should quarantine for 14 days upon arrival even when vaccinated.
“The last thing we need now is an introduced new variant that causes even more problems,” Spahn stated, with Germany within the grip of a ferocious fourth wave of the pandemic.
In Rome, the federal government on Friday introduced it was banning entry to those that have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia or Eswatini prior to now fortnight.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza stated scientists have been finding out the brand new B.1.1.529 variant, “and in the meantime, we will follow the path of maximum caution”.
Britain announced that every one flights from South Africa and its identical neighbours can be prohibited beginning 1200 GMT on Friday.
South Africa sharply condemned Britain’s determination.
“Whilst South Africa respects the right of all countries to take the necessary precautionary measures to protect their citizens, the UK’s decision to temporarily ban South Africans from entering the UK seems to have been rushed as even the World Health Organization is yet to advise on the next steps,” the international ministry stated in an announcement.