Germany is contemplating banning flights from Britain and South Africa to forestall the unfold of latest, extra infectious coronavirus pressure circulating within the two international locations, a supply near the German well being ministry advised AFP on Sunday.
Following the instance of the Netherlands, the place a ban on all passenger flights from the UK got here into impact on Sunday, the German authorities was contemplating an analogous transfer as “a critical choice” for flights from each Britain and South Africa, the supply mentioned.
A well being ministry spokesman mentioned the federal government in Berlin was monitoring developments in Britain very carefully and dealing at “excessive stress” to judge the brand new info and information concerning the brand new pressure.
Germany was in contact with its European companions, the spokesman mentioned.
Belgium equally introduced a ban on all flights and trains from the UK.
The Dutch ban, from 6:00 am (0500 GMT) on Sunday till January 1, got here hours after Britain introduced a keep at residence order for a part of the nation to sluggish the brand new variant, which British Well being Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned was “uncontrolled”.
In Germany, nonetheless, the brand new pressure of the virus has not been detected to date, in response to the chief virologist at Berlin’s Charite hospital, Christian Drosten, on Twitter.