International alarm grows over new variant

International alarm grows over new variant
Much of Europe has banned UK travellers along with others around the world. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: There is growing international concern over a new variant of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom, with a host of countries imposing travel bans.

More than 40 countries have banned arrivals from the UK, as the EU held talks on forming a common policy.

Sweden banned foreign travellers from Denmark after coronavirus variant cases were discovered there.

The new variant is more transmissible but there is no evidence it is more deadly.

As the list of countries imposing travel restrictions and ban on the UK grew, the World Health Organization (WHO) sought to put the risks in context.

Mike Ryan, WHO emergencies chief, said new variant was a normal part of the evolution of a pandemic, and that it was not “out of control”, contradicting Matt Hancock, the UK’s Health Secretary, who used those words on Sunday.

Meanwhile, travellers from South Africa are also facing restrictions from some countries after another new variant of the coronavirus was discovered that is unrelated to the one found in the UK.

Most of the countries in Europe have banned UK arrivals in an attempt to halt the spread of the new strain of the virus.

France announced a ban on passengers and freight from the UK, sparking disruption at the key southern British port of Dover.

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the UK, said he was working with French President Emmanuel Macron to resume trade, and that he hoped the issue would be resolved “as soon as possible”.

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