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Several EU nations halt UK flights, fearing virus variant

Netherlands Virus Outbreak
Posted at 9:54 AM, Dec 20, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Several European Union nations have banned flights from the U.K. and Germany was considering limiting such flights to make sure that a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England does not establish a strong foothold on the continent.

The Netherlands banned flights from the U.K. for at least the rest of the year while Belgium issued a flight ban for 24 hours starting at midnight and also halted train links to Britain.

Austria and Italy said they would halt flights from the U.K. but did not give details on any timing of the ban.

The World Health Organization said it was working with the U.K. to better understand the new variant.