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China suspends UK flights indefinitely amid new virus strain

Several countries started to shut their borders to the country after the emergence of a highly infectious new coronavirus strain.
24.12.2020 - 12:19

China on Thursday announced to suspend air travel with the UK amid the new strain of deadly coronavirus.

"WE WILL CLOSELY MONITOR RELEVANT DEVELOPMENTS"

“Taking into account the practices of other countries, China has decided to suspend flights between China and the UK due to the new virus strain,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news conference in Beijing, according to daily Global Times.

“China will closely monitor relevant developments and dynamically adjust control measures depending on the situation,” Wang said.

Earlier this week, China had suspended visa issuing facility in London as a measure against coronavirus.

More than 40 countries, including Turkey and those from Europe, have suspended air traffic with the UK after its discovery in the country. Some of them, including France, closed their land border too. The newly discovered variant of coronavirus is reported to be spreading 70% faster.