Covid-19 doesn’t seem to be letting up. A number of flights set to depart from the UK to parts of Europe have been halted as a new Covid-19 variant continues to spread.
The UK government has imposed a Tier4 lockdown in London and southeastern England according to CNN. Restrictions have also been tightened for all of England during the Christmas holiday season.
The Netherlands is banning all passenger flights coming from the United Kingdom from Sunday morning until the new year in order to minimize the risk of the new strain from spreading in the the country “as much as possible”, the government said in a press release.
The Dutch government said the same variant of the virus had been detected in the Netherlands in a sample from a case from early December, and that it is conducting further investigations to determine if there are any other related cases. Meanwhile, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said that Belgium will block travelers from the UK for 24 hours on Monday as a “precautionary measure,” though the ban could be extended if necessary.
Italy will also suspend flights to and from the United Kingdom, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Luigi Di Maio on Sunday, who did not say when the ban would come into place, or for how long.
The United Kingdom today broke its daily coronavirus case record, recording 35,928 new cases.
Oh Snap! A World Leader Has Actually Been Fined for Taking A Selfie Without A Mask.
You know it’s no joke when a world leader- a President, has been slapped with a fine for not wearing his mask in public. The $3500 fine was handed to Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, on Friday.
According to a Reuters report, President Pinera was fined after posing for a selfie on the beach with a bystander, without a mask on. The incident reportedly took place earlier this month and the President apologized then turned himself in shortly after the selfie surfaced on social media in early December.
In Chile, masks must be worn in public spaces. Those who disobey could face serious fines and even jail time.
President Pinera told police he’d been walking along the beach near his home when the woman recognised him and asked for the photo.
In Chile, the Covid-19 virus has led to the deaths of over 16,000 people.
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