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The EU goals to halt air journey from the southern African area amid rising concern a couple of new Covid-19 variant detected in South Africa, EU Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen stated on Friday. Comply with FRANCE 24’s dwell updates for all the newest developments. 

10:15 Paris time

EU plans ’emergency brake to cease air journey’ from southern Africa

In a press release posted on Twitter Friday, EU Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen stated she would “suggest, in shut coordination with Member States, to activate the emergency brake to cease air journey from the southern African area”.


A brand new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a priority due to its excessive variety of mutations and fast unfold amongst younger individuals in Gauteng, the nation’s most populous province.

The proposal comes because the 27-nation bloc is battling an enormous spike in circumstances.

The newest spike is hitting the EU particularly badly, with governments scrambling to tighten restrictions in an try to comprise unfold. The flight ban proposal got here within the wake of comparable motion from Britain on Thursday.

The EU proposal got here a day after scientists in South Africa stated they’d detected the brand new B.1.1.529 pressure with at the very least 10 mutations, in contrast with two for the Delta variant.

10:09 (Paris time)

Israel finds case of latest pressure

Israel has recognized a case of a Covid-19 variant with a lot of mutations first detected in South Africa, the well being ministry stated Friday.

“The variant found in southern African states has been recognized in Israel,” the ministry stated, including it was recorded “in an individual who returned from Malawi”.

Two extra circumstances have been detected in “individuals coming back from overseas”, it stated, including that they’d been positioned in quarantine.

The three individuals have been all vaccinated, the well being ministry stated, with out specifying the variety of doses or the kind of vaccine.

9:38 Paris time

WHO assembly on Friday to designate new variant

The World Well being Group is convening an consultants’ assembly from Geneva  on Friday to evaluate the brand new variant, stated WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier.

“WHO is convening a gathering … to higher perceive the timeline for research which might be below manner and to find out if this variant needs to be designated as a variant of curiosity or variant of concern,” he stated.

Practically 100 sequences of the variant have been reported, and early evaluation exhibits it has “a lot of mutations” requiring additional examine, Lindmeier stated.

The WHO had no remark thus far on journey restrictions imposed by some authorities on southern African nations linked to the variant, he added.

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