According to Austria’s national radio and television station, on December 20 local time, Austria plans to ban flights from the United Kingdom from landing in the country in view of the increased risk of infection of a new variant of the novel coronavirus in the country.
According to the report, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy have implemented the relevant bans, and Germany and France are also studying the relevant restrictions.
“So far, Austria has not found a new variant of the coronavirus in the UK, and there is a possibility of isolated mutations in the virus,” Andreas Bergthaler of the Vienna Medical Research Center said on social media.
Austria’s Ministry of Health also said that Austria has not yet found a mutation of the virus and will work closely with the World Health Organization and the European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, the Austrian Ministry of Health stressed that there are strict COVID-19 epidemic prevention requirements. British tourists must be quarantined for 10 days when they arrive in the country.
If the COVID-19 test results are negative after the fifth day of isolation, they can be released from quarantine.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that according to preliminary information, new variants of the novel coronavirus found in the UK are more contagious than known to be the novel coronavirus.
A WHO European spokesman stressed on the 20th that in Europe, where the COVID-19 epidemic is high, countries need to strengthen control and take preventive measures.