Belgium Joins Netherlands in Banning UK Flights, Plus Rail Connections

LONDON - JULY 23: A British Airways plane comes in to land at Heathrow Airport July 23, 2003 in London, England. Thousands of airline passengers had suffered delays as British Airways attemted to return services to normal after an unofficial walkout by British Airways staff. British Airways has introduced a …
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium has joined the Netherlands in banning flights from the UK and also banned rail connections in an attempt to make sure that a new strain of coronavirus that is sweeping across southern England does not spill over on its territory.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on Sunday said he was issuing the order for 24 hours starting at midnight “out of precaution.”

“There are a great many questions about this new mutation and if it is not already on the mainland,” he said. He hoped to have more clarity as of Tuesday.

The Netherlands is banning flights from the UK for at least the rest of the year.

Both Belgium and the Netherlands were reacting to tougher measures imposed in London and surrounding areas on Saturday by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Johnson said a fast-moving new variant of the virus that is 70 per cent more transmissible than existing strains appears to be driving the rapid spread of new infections in London and southern England.

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