Canada to ban all UK flights as new ‘70% more infectious’ Covid variant found

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Canada is the latest country to place a travel ban on all incoming flights from the UK.

The ban will be in place from 00:01am Monday morning.

It comes after a new 70% more infectious variant of coronavirus was reported.

The Canadian government held a meeting to discuss the new strain of the virus.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held the meeting as a number of European countries announced travel restrictions for UK passengers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this weekend tier 4 restrictions for millions of people, along with the closure of non-essential shops.

The move comes as a new variant of the coronavirus is "spreading fast" and is "out of control" according to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Before the meeting, Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet called on the Canadian government to impose a travel ban, reports CTV News.

In a statement released in French, he said: "It will be several months before the pandemic is contained, especially with the number of (vaccine) doses available remains far too small.

"If a variant of COVID-19 were to spread with increased speed among vulnerable people, the effects could be devastating on people's health as well as on the health-care system and staff already under tremendous pressure."

  • Eurotunnel set to close from 10pm tonight to protect Europe from new Covid strain

Yesterday, hundreds of Brits were pictured stranded at Heathrow Airports as travel bans were enforced on the UK.

Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium have all halted flights over the "out of control" new coronavirus variant, with other nations expected to follow suit.

The measures vary and are short-term but the EU is set to meet on Monday, December 21, to decide on a more coordinated approach.

As well as flights being cancelled, the Eurotunnel also announced it was suspending access to its terminal in Folkestone, Kent.

The new strain of Covid-19 has spread quickly in London and the south east of England, causing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to revise the Christmas restrictions and place around 20 million people into a new Tier 4 level lockdown.

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