Several EU nations halt UK flights, fearing virus variant

Updated: 2:42 p.m. Dec. 20, 2020

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER and SYLVIA HUI Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — A growing list of European Union nations are banning flights from the U.K. and others are considering similar action.

The moves were made Sunday to try to block a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from spreading to the continent.

France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Bulgaria all announced restrictions on U.K. travel.

It came hours after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that Christmas shopping and gatherings in southern England must be canceled.

He blamed rapidly spreading infections in the region on the new coronavirus variant, which officials say is 70% more transmissible than existing strains.


Published: 10:13 a.m. Dec. 20, 2020

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER and SYLVIA HUI Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it's planning to restrict travel to and from Britain because of the new coronavirus variant.

A government spokesman said Sunday that Germany is working on a regulation to restrict travel between Germany and Britain to protect the country from the new coronavirus variant.

The government said it was in contact with its European partners about the travel restrictions too. It wasn't immediately clear when or for how long the restrictions would be.

Germany said it will also restrict travel to and from South Africa because of the new virus variant.

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