Belgium suspended flights from the UK on Sunday and several other countries were weighing similar measures to stop a new, fast-spreading virus strain that UK PM Boris Johnson says is up to 70% “more transmissible” and other UK authorities describe as “out of control”.
It is not known, however, if the new strain is more dangerous and if the recently released vaccines are effective against it. The new strain has also been detected in the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia and South Africa.
The Union health ministry has called an urgent meeting of its joint monitoring group on Monday to discuss the new strain. the emergence of a mutated variant of the coronavirus in the UK, which has led to a surge in the infection rate there. ( TOI )
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