Coronavirus digest: International locations impose United kingdom journey ban, EU awaits vaccine acceptance | News | DW

Countries across the world have closed their borders to entrants from the United Kingdom as fears continued to expand in excess of the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus that has been circulating about Britain.

It began with the Netherlands more than the weekend reacting to the Uk announcement regarding the new pressure. A number of other European nations, this sort of as Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Romania and Ireland then followed match by banning passenger flights from Britain.

Early Monday morning, Poland declared it would suspend flights from the British isles setting up a midnight. The Danish transportation minister later on reported flights would be halted for 48 several hours commencing at 9 a.m. GMT.

France has added sea and rail backlinks to its restrictions on vacation from the UK that will at first past 48 several hours. Eurostar trains concerning London, Brussels and Amsterdam were being also halted from Monday.

The restrictions on Uk tourists were not only becoming applied within Europe. Argentina, El Salvador, Chile, Colombia, Kuwait, Israel, Canada and Saudi Arabia all imposed similar bans.


The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is anticipated to situation its decision Monday on irrespective of whether to authorize the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine.

Germany, Austria and Italy have said they program to begin rolling out their vaccination campaigns on December 27, if the EMA provides the green light.

Regulatory bodies in Britain, the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Singapore, Qatar and Bahrain have already accredited the vaccine.

Should really the EMA also grant authorization, the European Union’s 27 member states will have taken their first phase toward the eventual goal of vaccinating 70% of the 450 million people today that are living inside the bloc.

In Germany, the demise toll for December has passed 10,000 — producing it the deadliest thirty day period of the pandemic so considerably.

The December total of 10,027 fatalities recorded by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is practically double November’s demise toll of 5,796.


US lawmakers have reached a deal to finalize a $900-billion (€735-billion) financial relief offer that would supply prolonged-overdue assistance to organizations and people strike by the pandemic.

“We’ve agreed to a package deal of nearly $900 billion. It is packed with focused policies to enable battling People who have by now waited much too long,” Republican Senate The vast majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained in a statement.

In the meantime, US President-elect Joe Biden is envisioned to obtain the to start with of the vital two jabs of the coronavirus vaccine at some phase on Monday.

Center East

The Qatar Ministry of Community Health and fitness has accredited the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine for unexpected emergency use, state news agency QNA documented on Twitter.

The nation is set to receive the first shipment of the vaccine on Monday.


South Korea has reported its best daily demise toll from the coronavirus, in accordance to the country’s health and fitness authorities. 

The latest surge in scenarios has confounded endeavours to control the spread of the virus and the nation is functioning brief of clinic beds.

As of Sunday, there had been just 4 intense care unit beds nonetheless available in the larger Seoul spot, in accordance to well being officials.

Seoul police and overall health investigators have been carrying out late-night time raids, targeting bars and karaoke golf equipment suspected of flouting social distancing measures, the capital town reported in a assertion.

jsi/nm (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)