Due to the spreading virus mutation, Great Britain has issued an entry ban for Portugal and South American countries.
The ban will apply from Friday morning, the British authorities said on Thursday. British and Irish nationals and people residing in Great Britain are excluded, Transport Minister Grant Shapps wrote on Twitter. However, after their return from the countries affected by the regulation, they must go into quarantine for ten days.
The minister justified his decision with “evidence of a new variant in Brazil” and justified the application of the measure in the case of Portugal with the country’s close ties to Brazil. Portuguese truck drivers are exempt from the regulation.
Brits more affected than other Europeans
The currently dramatically high number of infections is also related to the fact that the new mutation of the virus has spread quickly in England.
Initial studies suggest that the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 could be up to 70 percent more contagious than the previous strains. This mutation has already been detected in dozens of other countries around the world – including Germany.
For fear of further mutations, the UK has already banned entries from South Africa, where scientists have identified a virus variant that is very similar to the Brazilian one.
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Entry ban London forbids entry South America Portugal due virus mutation