By Elena Teslova

MOSCOW (AA) – Russia on Monday decided to suspend flights with the UK due to concerns over a new fast-moving coronavirus strain, the country’s emergency task force said on Monday.

“The restrictions will take effect from 0:00 on [2100GMT] Dec. 22, 2020 and will remain in effect for a week. The situation with the emergence of a new strain of the coronavirus in the UK is being carefully studied by the emergency task force,” it said in a statement.

Further decisions will be made based on the results of examination and further developments, it added.

Last week, the UK announced a fast-spreading new strain of the coronavirus. The World Health Organization requested the countries to redouble their health measures in the wake of the new virus type.

Around 20 countries — including Turkey, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, Ireland and Canada — have banned all flights from the UK on Sunday and more countries are expected to follow suit.​​​​​​​

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