Since the coronavirus mutation in the UK, more than 40 countries and regions around the world have announced the suspension of British flights. The United States has not taken a ban on Britain, previously claiming that “there is no need to sound the alarm bell”, but on the 21st, senior U.S. officials changed their words and said that “everything is possible”.
On the 20th local time, Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, told ABC that the U.S. Department of Health will continue to pay attention to the epidemic in the UK, but there is no need to restrict flights from the United Kingdom at present.
However, on the 21st, Giro changed his name in an interview with CNN that “everything is possible”. “We need to put all the options on the table, have an open scientific discussion, and make the best suggestions,” he said. He also mentioned that the White House coronavirus response task force will meet later on the 21st.
According to CNN, on the 21st local time, American public health expert Fauci said that he did not recommend that the United States ban flights from the United Kingdom. Fauci said that the United States should undoubtedly pay close attention to the discovery of the more infectious variant novel coronavirus in the United Kingdom, but it does not need to be “overreacted”.
However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed strong opposition to this. He said at the press conference that this is another impending disaster, and this inaction attitude should be condemned.
Cuomo said that the United States still enters and leaves six flights from the United Kingdom every day, and the mutant virus is boarding the plane and landing at Kennedy Airport.
On the 21st local time, WHO held a routine press conference on COVID-19. Maria van Kohoff, technical director of the WHO Health Emergency Project, said that there have been cases of infection with the British variant virus in Australia, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Moreover, the number of basic infections of new variants of the novel coronavirus found by the WHO in the United Kingdom has risen from 1.1 to 1.5, which means that it can infect more people. However, the current information shows that the symptoms caused by the variant of the virus have not worsened.
According to incomplete statistics, as of December 22, Beijing time, more than 40 countries and regions, including 27 EU countries, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other countries, have launched measures to suspend flights and raise the level of tourism risk to the United Kingdom.
From the 22nd, Poland has banned British flights from entering the country until January 6 next year.
The Belgian government also announced that it would extend the previous measures to close the UK’s border for another 24 hours. After the end of the ban, from Wednesday (23rd), only people with valid Belgian residence permits can return to Belgium from the United Kingdom and strictly implement a seven-day quarantine.
At the regular press conference of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs held on December 21, a reporter asked whether China has taken some measures to reduce flights from the United Kingdom.