More emerge restrictions in European and Asian countries, before the discovery, initially, in South Africa of a new variant of the coronavirus, possibly vaccine resistant. Furthermore, while Singapore and India announced stricter border controls and more rigorous testing and United Kingdom banned certain flights.
It is reported that the variant has a spike protein that is extremely different from the original coronavirus on which current covid-19 vaccines are based. This was revealed by the UK Health Security Agency.
Experts are already studying this variant, first identified earlier this week. The news also hit the financial markets, then stocks in Asia suffered their biggest decline in three months and oil also plunged more than 3%.
The new variant is called B.1.1.529, and it was also found in Botswana and Hong Kong, according to the agency of Great Britain.
“United Kingdom temporarily banned flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Eswatini, and asked British travelers returning from those destinations to quarantine themselves. This country declared that the new variant is considered by scientists as the most important found so far, so it is necessary to determine whether or not it renders vaccines ineffective, “Euronews revealed today.
Grant Shapps, UK Transport Secretary, noted that “the lesson of the COVID pandemic is the essential character of acting quickly.” Euronews follow: “Singapore quickly followed the lead of United Kingdom, and its Health Ministry said it will restrict arrivals from South Africa and nearby countries as a precautionary measure. Italy imposed an entry ban on people who have visited a group of states in the Southern Africa, including South Africa, in the last 14 days“.
The Netherlands and Austria also banned flights from South Africa, at the same time that the South African nation communicated to the world that it sees these measures as “hasty”.
Other European countries have already expanded the scope of their booster vaccination and tightened their restrictions, with the continent fighting a fourth wave of the coronavirus, led by the best known delta variant. Many countries in the region have revealed record daily increases in infections.
“Germany reported a new record of more of 76,000 COVID-19 infections in 24 hours, While his air force was preparing for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic to moving critically ill patients to other parts of the country to ease the burden on hospitals under pressure. Berlin will also declare South Africa a virus variant zone after the detection of the new variant in that country, said a source from the German Ministry of Health, “said the European agency.
Covid has swept the world in the two years since it was first identified in central China, infecting nearly 260 million people and killing 5.4 million.
Japan It also tightened controls at its borders for visitors from South Africa and five other African countries, published the news service Hee, given the fact that his Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.
India did the same: after easing some of its travel restrictions earlier this month, the government issued a warning to make massive tests and rigorous monitoring of international travelers arriving from South Africa and other “risk” countries.
The Asian countries have had better results than other regions in containing the pandemic thanks to the application of strict preventive measures, rigorous tests and strict border controls. Taiwan indicated that travelers from “high risk” countries in southern Africa will have to enter quarantine facilities of the government for 14 days.
Follow Euronews: “The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda ardern, affirmed that the country is well prepared in the face of new variant. Earlier this week, New Zealand It said it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers starting April 30. Asked whether those plans will have to be delayed due to the new variant, Ardern said the country has’a series of built-in measures to act as a layer of protection‘and that in the planning around COVID we have added the possibility of variants in the future ”.
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