Belgium, Italy and Netherlands ban flights from UK over new Covid strain

Belgium, Italy and Netherlands ban flights from UK over new Covid strainDecember 20, 2020

Moves come as UK health secretary says the newly identified strain is ‘out of control’

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Several European countries including Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands have reacted to the discovery of a fast-spreading strain of Covid-19 in England by announcing bans on flights carrying passengers from the UK, with similar plans reportedly being considered by France and Germany.

The moves came as millions of people in London and the south-east began their first full day of a new lockdown and the UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the newly identified strain of the virus was “out of control”.

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