Austria bans flights from the UK for fear of an Indian variant of the coronavirus

The UK government has made a number of recommendations for the areas hardest hit by the variant

The Austrian government has announced a flight ban from the United Kingdom from June 1, fearing an expansion of the Indian variant of the coronavirus, which would have spread to British territory in recent weeks.

The Austrian Ministry of Health has confirmed that the measure will be in effect until June 20, reports the DPA news agency. Austria is therefore taking a similar measure to that confirmed last Friday by the German authorities, who also expressed their concerns about the Indian variant.

Austria bans flights from the UK for fear of an Indian variant of the coronavirus
Austria bans flights from the UK for fear of an Indian variant of the coronavirus

In the meantime, the UK government has issued a number of recommendations for the UK areas hardest hit by the Indian variant, including Kirklees, Bedford, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow and Nort Tyneside.

In particular, according to the BBC, the UK executive has recommended not traveling in and out of these regions unless necessary. Citizens living in these areas should also avoid meeting indoors.

Some of these recommendations were published “online” on Friday but not announced by the UK authorities calling for an “extra cautious approach” to the Indian variant.

In Bolton, for example, health officials recorded an incidence rate of 451 cases per 100,000 population for the week of May 20th, the highest rate in England.

The World Health Organization (WHO), which has confirmed its particular concern about this variant, believes that cases have been discovered in virtually every country in Western Europe. More contagious is that it originated in India in October 2020.

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