European countries halt UK flights over fears of mutant coronavirus

Added On December 21, 2020

A number of European countries have halted flights from Britain following the emergence of a highly infectious variant of coronavirus.

A domino effect of travel restrictions was growing amid rising concern over the mutant strain of coronavirus that has plunged London and other parts of Britain into the new Tier Four restrictions over Christmas.

The Netherlands became the first major European country to announce a ban on flights, followed by neighboring Belgium which also halted both Britain-bound trains using the Channel Tunnel.

Italy, Austria, and Romania also followed suit to ban UK flights.

Germany also announced that it will limit travel with the UK.

France suspended all travel from the U.K. for 48 hours since Sunday midnight, including people related to the transport of goods, by road, air, sea or rail.

Eurostar announced it was canceling trains between London, Brussels and Amsterdam from Monday.

The latest actions came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a mutation of the virus which has quickly spread across London and the southeast of England.

According to Johnson, the newly identified strain of the virus may be up to 70 percent more transmissible.