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.
Copyright 2022 Anadolu Agency. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.