Saudi Arabia blocked all travel to the country via air, land and sea, becoming the latest country to impose fresh travel curbs in response to the emergence of a new strain of the Coronavirus.
Saudi Arabia restrictions are scheduled to last a week, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. They appear to be the most draconian imposed so far in response to the new variant, which is deemed to be 70 percent more infectious than the original strand and is rampant in the UK. (Read Here)
Nations such as Kuwait and Iran have halted air travel to the UK while Ukraine, Lebanon and Spain have not, and Russia is under pressure to halt flights but have not made a decision
“The world is in a panic” over the strain discovered in the UK, declared Russia’s Dmitry Smirnov, correspondent for the pro-government newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov would not say if Russia intended to introduce new restrictions, or halt the Moscow-London air connections that were only recently reopened after the months-long ban on international travel. “Of course we are looking very closely at the data coming from British scientists,” he said.
In Israel, chaos erupted at Tel Aviv airport after authorities ordered all arrivals from the UK, South Africa and Denmark to enter two-week self-isolation in designated army-run hotels due to mutant strain.
Just hours after the decision was made public, 25 Israelis arriving on an EasyJet flight from Luton Airpot, UK, initially refused to be taken into quarantine, according to local media reports.
Turkey has imposed a temporary halt to flights to and from the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, and South Africa in response to the new Covid19 variation, which epidemiologists say shows signs of being more deadly than the original virus or more resistant to the various vaccines that are being rolled out.