Jose Martinez Olmos, professor at the Andalusian School of Public Health, also points out that it is advisable to “exercise extreme caution”.
“Restrictive measures should be increased and seek whether or not this strain is circulating in places where there is more interaction with the British: the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, the Valencian Community, Andalusia (Costa del Sol) and Gibraltar, as well as prohibiting flights,” he adds.
In the same vein, Alberto Infante, doctor and emeritus professor of International Health at the National School of Health-Carlos III Health Institute of Madrid, who believes that it is necessary to examine how long has the United Kingdom known this variant. “If it’s been a few days, things have a pass. If it’s been a week or more, then the negligence is serious, ”he points out.
The new variant of the coronavirus forced the United Kingdom to tighten restrictions in London and other areas in the south of the country. This strain has already left the islands: a new contagion was detected in the Netherlands. The Dutch Ministry of Health is now investigating the origin of the infection. In view of the situation, the government has banned passenger flights from the UK until January 1 and is investigating whether to extend the restrictions.
Then Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden joined. Greece limited itself to announcing a quarantine for those arriving from the islands. Switzerland, Norway, and Russia, outside the EU, and Israel, Turkey, Morocco, Canada, Hong Kong, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Chile, outside the European continent, also announced a ban on flights.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio announced the closure of his country to the United Kingdom on Twitter: “As a government we have a duty to protect Italians and for that reason, after having notified the English government, we are about to sign a measure with the Minister of Health to suspend flights with Great Britain. Our priority is to protect Italy and our nationals ”.
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