EU proposes banning flights from southern Africa over new Covid-19 variant

Brussels
– The European Union (EU) will propose banning travel from southern Africa
following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant that scientists fear could
torpedo efforts to beat the pandemic, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said on
Friday.

Ursula von der Leyen

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The
EU’s executive “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”, Von der Leyen tweeted.

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