UK suspends flights to six African international locations as new COVID variant emerges

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Picture Supply : AP/ REPRESENTATIONAL. As new COVID variant emerges, UK suspends flights to six African international locations.



  • Announcement comes after media stories mentioned that new COVID variant has been detected in South Africa
  • New variant contains giant variety of spike protein mutations
  • It additionally contains mutations in different components of viral genome

UK Well being Secretary Sajid Javid on Thursday introduced a short lived suspension of flights from six international locations after stories emerged {that a} new COVID variant with greater than 30 mutations is spreading in South Africa.

It comes as Variant B.1.1.529 is asserted a Variant below Investigation (VuI) by the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA).

“The variant contains numerous spike protein mutations in addition to mutations in different components of the viral genome. These are probably biologically important mutations which can change the behaviour of the virus as regards to vaccines, remedies and transmissibility. Extra investigation is required,” UK Well being Safety Company mentioned in an announcement.

Taking to Twitter, Javid mentioned UKHSA is “investigating a brand new variant and extra information is required however we’re taking precautions now.” 

“From midday tomorrow six African international locations shall be added to the crimson listing, flights shall be briefly banned, and UK travellers should quarantine,” he mentioned.

“We’re taking precautionary motion to guard public well being and the progress of our vaccine rollout at a crucial second as we enter winter, and we’re monitoring the state of affairs carefully,” he added.

This announcement comes after media stories mentioned {that a} new COVID-19 variant of “severe concern” has been detected in South Africa.

The World Well being Group (WHO) is convening an emergency assembly Friday to debate the doubtless quickly spreading COVID pressure present in South Africa and Botswana, the Monetary Occasions reported, citing sources. Earlier, UK media stories mentioned that scientists from the UK had warned of the looks of a coronavirus pressure, which incorporates 32 mutations, in Botswana.

Lots of the mutations point out its excessive transmissibility and resistance to vaccines, the pressure has extra adjustments within the spike protein than all different COVID-19 variants, the Russian information company reported. The South African Nationwide Institute of Infectious Illnesses later additionally confirmed that the brand new pressure had been present in South Africa.

(With ANI inputs)



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