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Italy grounded flights from Brazil to prevent the spread of COVID-19 variants.

Italy grounded flights from Brazil to prevent the spread of COVID-19 variants.

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza speaks about the anti-Covid measures at the Senate, in Rome, Italy, 13 January 2021. Roberto Speranza said Wednesday that COVID-19 contagion is on the rise again in Italy as he reported to parliament with the government set to pass a decree extending and amending the restrictions imposed to prevent contagion. ANSA/ MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

January 16th, local time, Italian Health Minister Speranza said on his personal social media that he had signed a decree to suspend flights from Brazil to Italy and banned passengers who stopped in Brazil for nearly 14 days.

If the above-mentioned passengers have arrived in Italy, they are required to contact the local health department for COVID-19 testing.

“It’s important for scientists to conduct an in-depth study of the new variant of the novel coronavirus, while Italy chooses to be cautious about the new variant,” Speranza said.

According to Brazilian media reports, Brazilian and British researchers found a new variant of the novel coronavirus called P.1 when analyzing and collecting samples of the novel coronavirus from the Brazilian state of Amazon.

The researchers said that the mutant carries a variety of mutations, and whether it is more infectious and whether it affects the effectiveness of existing coronavirus vaccines is still being analyzed.

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