India Temporarily Bans Flights From UK; Concerns Over New Highly Infectious Coronavirus Strain

India on Monday announced that it will temporarily ban flights from the UK to the country, after the emergence of a new and highly infectious strain of the coronavirus in Britain.
“Considering the prevailing situation in the UK, Indian govt has decided that all flights originating from the UK to India shall be temporarily suspended till 11:59 pm, 31st December. This suspension to start w.e.f. 11.59 pm, 22nd December,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted.

Apart from this, other countries across Europe and beyond have barred inward travellers from Britain on Sunday in an effort to keep a highly infectious new strain of the coronavirus out of their territories. This unnamed virus has been spreading rapidly in England.
On Saturday, the British government, in a statement said that the new strain appeared to be spreading 70% faster than earlier variants and is responsible for a surge in cases in London and its surrounding areas. Recorded cases across the U.K. in the previous rose 51%.

In the wake of the vaccines getting rolled out to combat the Coronavirus, this new strain poses a major setback. This also makes it almost clear that restrictions will continue in England for the coming year too. British scientists feel that there are serious concerns to control this new spread.
As viruses mutate constantly, scientists are constantly on the alert for new mutations that may affect how the virus behaves. As of now, this new strain hasn’t been identified in the U.S.

Post this, the British government has imposed a new lockdown on the affected regions, which includes the closure of all non-essential retail services. With Christmas just around the corner, this will be a huge damper for the citizens of the UK, as restrictions forbid them from mingling about during the upcoming festival season.


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