Due to the recent emergence of the coronavirus mutant virus in South Africa, many countries have suspended flights to and from South Africa.
As of 17:00 on December 25, according to incomplete statistics from The Paper (www.thepaper.cn), flights to and from South Africa have been suspended from 14 countries or regions.
Among them, Britain suspended flights to and from South Africa on December 23. According to CCTV News, the United Kingdom said that the newly discovered coronavirus mutant virus in the country is different from the recent COVID-19 mutant virus in South Africa.
The recent mutant virus in South Africa is more infectious and two people have been infected by the recently mutant virus in South Africa.
According to CCTV News, in addition to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Switzerland, El Salvador, Turkey, Israel, the Netherlands and Mauritius have also suspended flights to and from South Africa.
According to the official website of the Ministry of Commerce of China, Uzbekistan Newspaper Network reported on December 22 that in view of the mutant novel coronavirus in some countries and the increasingly complex epidemic prevention and control situation, the Special Committee on Epidemic Prevention of Uzbekistan decided to stop flights with South Africa from December 21 to January 10, including outbound, inbound and transit flights. Ben. The restriction will be gradually lifted after the epidemic situation stabilizes.
According to Xinhua News Agency, in order to prevent the spread of mutant COVID-19, the Iraqi government introduced the latest restrictions on the 22nd, including the implementation of a travel ban on eight countries, including the United Kingdom and South Africa.
According to the People’s Daily client, the Hong Kong SAR government announced on the evening of December 24 that in view of the discovery of a new variant of the virus with strong transmission in South Africa, the SAR government will prohibit people who have stayed in South Africa from boarding the plane from 00:00 on the 25th until further notice.
The spokesman said that the SAR government must take strict measures to prevent the spread of new variants of the virus into Hong Kong. From 00:00 a.m.
the 25th, all people who have stayed in South Africa for more than 2 hours in the past 21 days, including Hong Kong residents, are not allowed to enter Hong Kong until further notice.
In addition, according to the official website of the Ministry of Commerce of China on December 22, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Italy, India, Ireland (flights and ferry), Austria, Canada, El Salvador, Colombia, Moro Colombia, Chile (in effect since the 22nd), Finland, Argentina and Hong Kong, China, have all announced a ban on tourists from the United Kingdom.
These countries and regions are likely to announce a travel ban on South Africa in the near future.
CCTV News on December 25th, South Africa’s Health Minister Zveli Mukez announced on the 23rd local time that South Africa will re-examine epidemic prevention measures to deal with the rampant of mutant viruses.
Mukez said that the mutant virus is currently spreading exponentially, much faster than the first wave. Therefore, South Africa will identify areas with high incidence of mutant viruses and modify relevant epidemic prevention policies.
The number of COVID-19 infections currently undergoing treatment in the Western Cape is 34,694, 61% higher than the first peak. At the first peak, the highest daily increase in cases was 2,158 (June 29, 2020), but the most recent maximum daily increase was 4,508 (108% higher).
The period June to July 2020 marked the first peak of the outbreak in South Africa, with the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in the country about 15,000. Some local medical institutions predict that the second peak of the epidemic will increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.