The outbreak of the new strain of the Corona virus is causing panic in a number of countries in the world, specifically in Europe, where some countries have begun to take precautionary measures to prevent the new strain from reaching their territories.
Among the measures, a proposal by the European Commission to suspend flights from southern African countries.
The European Union Commission President said she wants to stop air travel from southern Africa to counter the spread of a new variant of the virus that causes the Covid-19 epidemic .ADVERTISING
In Berlin, the outgoing German Minister of Health , Jens Spahn, announced on Friday that his country would ban the majority of flights from South Africa due to the new mutated Corona virus.
Spahn explained that this decision, which will be implemented as of Friday evening, will include South Africa, and “most likely its neighboring countries.” Only German citizens will be allowed to return, with a 14-day quarantine period, even if they are vaccinated, according to AFP.
And Italy began drastic precautionary measures, today, Friday, by preventing entry to it, who had visited some countries of southern Africa during the past 14 days, due to the outbreak of the new strain of Corona .
And before Italy, Britain took a decision to impose a temporary ban on flights from 6 African countries due to the new mutant from Corona, which is believed to be more contagious and immune to vaccines and is described as “capable of deceiving vaccines .”
The British Health Minister Sajid Javed said the decision will include all flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Aisowatana, Zimbabwe and Botswana, as of Friday afternoon.
He added, “The initial indications that we have on this mutant indicate that it may be more contagious than the Delta mutant, and that the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective” in preventing infection.
The minister pointed out that British scientists are “extremely concerned” about this new mutated version, which South Africa blames for the recent increase in the number of HIV infections in the country.
This mutation was also spotted in travelers from Botswana and Hong Kong.
He said: “We will ask everyone who arrives from one of these countries, starting at four o’clock in the morning, to self-quarantine in a hotel.”
He added, “Those who arrive from these countries before this date will have to self-quarantine in their homes, and take a PCR test on the second day of their arrival and a second similar test 6 days after the first.”
And the Minister of Health explained that the decision to subject those coming from these countries to Britain will be retroactive, as “we will ask everyone who arrived from one of these countries during the past ten days to take tests.”
Today, Friday, it was announced in Israel that a new infection with the new mutant of Covid-19, detected in South Africa , was recorded in Israel .
And the Israeli Ministry of Health stated that “a case of infection was registered with a person returning from Malawi ,” noting that “two other cases of people returning from abroad” were suspected, who were placed in quarantine.
It is expected that the World Health Organization will hold a meeting of experts, today, Friday, to evaluate the new Corona virus “P1.1.529” mutant