Brazil flight BAN: UK to close route as fears rise over new Covid strain in South America

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Brazil has already banned flights from the UK due to the British strain of the virus. Now flights the other way are also set to be scrapped. It may also be the case a number of other South American countries will be banned for flying to the UK.

She said: “Of course, people flying into the UK, whether from South America or elsewhere are required to have a 10-day quarantine period when they land in the UK. That is mandatory.

“In terms of the decision on travel measures, it takes a little bit of time.

“What we need to ensure is that when we make these very, very important decisions that have a huge impact on people’s personal lives, but also businesses, we have got to have a little bit of time to let that bed in.”

The Brazillian strain coronavirus is the third mutant strain of the virus.

The first came from the UK, and the second from South Africa.

There are concerns the new South American strain could be yet more contagious.

The UK strain was detected in September and is thought to be 70 percent more transmissible.

The South African strain’s discovery was announced on December 18. The strain is thought to be more infectious than the original strain.

The latest mutation originated in Brazil but was discovered in Japan after people travelled back from the country.

The Government has imposed coronavirus testing rules on those entering the UK from abroad.

It said: “From 4am on 18 January 2021, if you do not present proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, you may not be able to board to travel to England, and could be fined £500 on arrival into England.

“If you are arriving in England before 4am on 18 January 2021, you are under no legal obligation to get a coronavirus test before you travel.

“You should not be denied boarding for failing to provide proof of a negative test result, and will not be fined on arrival into England.

“We still encourage you to get a test if possible.”

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