EU proposes banning flights from southern Africa due to new Covid-19 variant

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Brussels – The European Union (EU) will propose a ban on travel from southern Africa after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant that scientists fear could torpedo efforts to beat the pandemic, EU President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.

Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen

The EU’s executive branch “will propose, in close coordination with the member states, to activate the emergency brake to stop flights from the southern African region due to the variant of concern B.1.1.529”, tweeted Von der Leyen.

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