The Union well being ministry known as for an emergency assembly of its Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) on Monday morning after panic unfold over a brand new mutant pressure of coronavirus that’s “uncontrolled” within the UK, in line with officers.
The JMG assembly will likely be chaired by the Director Basic of Well being Companies (DGHS). World Well being Organisation’s (WHO) India consultant Dr Roderico H Ofrin, who can be a member of the JMG, is more likely to take part within the assembly, in line with information company PTI.
Over 16 million Britons will likely be required to remain house for Christmas after Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was adamant till Friday that shut households would be capable of combine over the festive interval, made a U-turn and cancelled plans to permit households to see one another. As new restrictions got here into drive in London after the federal government warned of the brand new pressure, a number of European Union nations banned flights from the UK on Sunday.
Whereas the Netherlands introduced a ban on all UK passenger flights, Belgium issued a flight ban for 24 hours and in addition halted practice hyperlinks to Britain.
France suspended all journey hyperlinks with the UK for 48 hours from midnight on Sunday and all flights coming from the nation had been banned in Eire for a interval of 48 hours. In response to BBC, Italy blocked all flights from the UK until January 6. Germany, Kuwait, Israel and Austria have additionally imposed related restrictions.
In the meantime, British Well being Secretary Matt Hancock warned that the preventive measures may keep in place till the virus vaccine is absolutely rolled out. “We acted in a short time and decisively,” he mentioned. “All the totally different measures we have now in place, we want extra of them to manage the unfold of the brand new variant than we did to manage the unfold of the previous variant,” he added.
The JMG, which was shaped by the federal government to overview the worldwide and Indian state of affairs after the outbreak of the virus, and supply suggestions on technical issues to the well being ministry, will focus on the difficulty of the mutated variant of the coronavirus reported from the UK.