The head of the EC proposed to suspend flights to countries where a new strain of COVID-19 was discovered arriving from countries where the new strain COVID-19 B.1.1.529 was found, under strict quarantine. The head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said this in her video message to Twitter.
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According to her, the EU should suspend flights to countries where cases of a new variant of the coronavirus were recorded until the commission “has a clear understanding of the threat posed by this variant of the virus.”
the COVID variant is worrying. I spoke with scientists and vaccine manufacturers today. They also express concern, “said von der Leyen, urging Europeans to be vaccinated and comply with sanitary measures.
Earlier, a new strain of coronavirus was discovered in Belgium. The appearance in the country of B.1.1.529 was confirmed by the Minister of Health Frank Vandenbruck. According to the official, so far only one case of infection with the new variant of COVID-19 has been detected. He noted that the Belgian government has not yet received evidence of the danger of the strain.
The new strain became known after ten people were reported infected in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong on November 24. British scientists have suggested that the new strain will be better at evading antibodies than the delta variant. The many mutations in B.1.1.529 suggest that the virus originated in a patient with a weakened immune system – a patient with HIV or AIDS. It is supposed to be the most dangerous option.