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The closure of flights due to the new and contagious variant of covid-19 in the United Kingdom; Canada also joins

Madrid / The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Austria have decided to ban flights with the United Kingdom after a new variant of covid-19 was detected in London that has forced the confinement of more than 20 million people. Spain, France and Germany have called for a coordinated response and, outside Europe, Peru and Canada have already adopted self-protection measures.

The reason for these movements is that there is evidence that this variant of Covid 19 is more contagious than the previous ones (there is no evidence that it is more lethal) and this has triggered the alarm in the European continent.

The first to react to this situation has been the government of the Netherlands with the closure of passenger air traffic with the United Kingdom for at least ten days, since this last Sunday, December 20.

The Netherlands has been followed by Belgium, where the ban is only for 24 hours from midnight on Sunday 20, but also includes rail transport; Italy, where also all the people who have arrived from the United Kingdom in the last 14 days must undergo a coronavirus test, and Austria, which has prohibited the landing of planes from the United Kingdom, to stop possible infections.

According to the Dublin media, these four countries are expected to be joined by Ireland, whose government will also restrict flights and ferries from the United Kingdom for 48 hours.

Other countries, such as Portugal, have announced that they will not suspend flights to the British Isles at least for the time being.

Spain has asked the EU for a coordinated community response to protect the rights of EU citizens, to which France and Germany have joined.

Canada also joins

Canada has also suspended the arrival of flights from the United Kingdom for 72 hours from 00.01 today Monday, local time (05.01 GMT) and after a meeting of its Incident Response Group, a select group of cabinet ministers that was created in 2018 to respond to emergencies considered “a national crisis”.

Nor will Peru authorize the arrival to the country of direct flights or flights with a stopover in the United Kingdom as a “preventive measure”, although “so far no flight from London and the United Kingdom has arrived”, after the recent air opening. (December 21, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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varios países han prohibido que vengan vuelos del Reino Unido.
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Reino Unido desmiente que haya una cepa de COVID-19.
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se desmiente que vaya a haber más confinamientos en Reino Unido.
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tanto países europeos como americanos no permiten que lleguen vuelos procedentes de Reino Unido.
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ningún país europeo prohibirá la llegada de vuelos procedentes de Reino Unido.
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se prevé que a finales del año que viene varios países no permitan la llegada de vuelos procedentes de Londres.
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Reino Unido no permite volar fuera del país porque se ha detectado una nueva cepa en Bruselas.
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desconoce el motivo de esas prohibiciones.
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esas prohibiciones están relacionadas con el descubrimiento de una nueva variante de COVID-19 en Reino Unido.
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se desmiente que esa nueva variante de coronavirus sea más contagiosa.
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millones de personas van a estar confinadas en la capital de Reino Unido.
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Reino Unido confirmó que esa nueva cepa es más letal.
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por ahora Portugal no suspenderá los vuelos con Reino Unido.
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tanto España como Francia no creen que la UE deba coordinar una respuesta conjunta sobre ese asunto.
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Italia no cree que sea necesario realizar pruebas de coronavirus a los viajeros procedentes de Reino Unido.
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se desmiente que haya un aumento de casos de COVID-19 en Inglaterra.
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se prohíbe que los confinados puedan desplazarse a zonas que no lo están.
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esas medidas apenas serán más restrictivas.
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muy suave.
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"motivo".
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"juicio".
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"entendimiento".
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"luego".
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no parte de Londres.
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se dirige a Londres.
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viene de Londres.
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