Published: Thu, January 14, 2021

United Kingdom bans South America and Portugal arrivals amid Brazil variant fears

United Kingdom bans South America and Portugal arrivals amid Brazil variant fears

Boris Johnson has said the government is concerned over a new variant of the coronavirus found in Brazil as the UK Covid daily death toll hit a record 1,564.

From 4am Friday 15 January 2021, passengers who have been in or transited through Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela in the last 10 days will no longer be granted access to the UK.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

He added, however, that there would be an exemption for vehicles from Portugal to allow essential goods to enter the UK.

The island country of Cape Verde is also on the list.

In December, Brazil suspended flights from Britain due the emergence of the British variant of the coronavirus.

The measures will come into effect at 4 a.m. GMT on Friday.

The variant is causing concerns over questions of whether it may be resistant to vaccines.

Numerous virus variants have been identified since the pandemic began a year ago, including a more contagious one that has led to a surge of infections in Britain in recent months.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed concern about the Brazilian variant on Wednesday and Britain is already trying to contain a British variant behind a surge in cases at the end of previous year.

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