January 21 British media reported that according to a proposal submitted by Germany to the European Union, the European Union will discuss a travel ban today (21st).
EU governments will prohibit all British residents from entering the country and cut off all passenger links with the United Kingdom.
According to The Times on the 21st, the coronavirus restrictions may be raised to a new level, which will include the ban on all British residents from entering the country.
According to the proposal of the German government, EU member states may prohibit all non-EU tourists, including the British. The intention of the proposal is to protect public health and minimize the risk associated with the spread of variant COVID-19.
According to reports, Germany proposed to the EU that “only joint and coordinated action by member states can effectively contain the virus.
We believe that there is an urgent need for action to prevent or at least slow the spread of the worrying variant COVID-19 in the EU region.”
The report pointed out that if the measure is implemented, the new ban means that British residents, whether they hold European citizenship or not, will be banned from entering the EU region until the transmission power of the variant coronavirus decreases.
In recent weeks, variant COVID-19 has been found in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.
January 14, the United Kingdom suspended all travel from South America and Portugal in view of the new variant virus spreading in the region.
Now, the EU is ready to discuss the same measures against the UK to “come with the SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern”. EU leaders will discuss this issue in a video conference on Thursday (21st).
At a press conference on the 21st, German Chancellor Merkel confirmed that EU leaders will discuss the threat of variant novel coronavirus and its genome sequencing.
Merkel said that the EU is a region in epidemiology, so she urged the whole EU to take similar measures. In addition, the Netherlands expressed similar concerns, and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands said that there was no choice but to take tough measures.
Speaking to the European Parliament on Wednesday (20th), European Commission President von der Leyen said that although the EU has launched a vaccine, “the coming months and weeks will be difficult for citizens and businesses”.
Von der Leyen said that in view of the severe situation of the epidemic, there is still a need for a blockade throughout Europe.