After discovering the first case of a new, more contagious strain of COVID-19, the Dutch Government has barred all passenger flights from the United Kingdom (UK). The ban shall extend from 6 a.m. on Sunday, 20 December, to 1 January.It came hours after the UK Government issued a stay-at-home order for part of the world to slow down the spread of the new version.
“An infectious mutation of the Covid-19 virus is circulating in the United Kingdom. It is said to spread more easily and faster and is more difficult to detect,” the Dutch health ministry said in a statement.
The Dutch public health authority, RIVM, therefore, “recommends that any introduction of this strain of the virus from the United Kingdom be limited as far as possible by limiting and/or controlling the movement of passengers.” Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s cabinet has now taken the “precautionary decision” to ban flights from Britain, said the statement.Eurostar also announced that the service would be disrupted from London to Amsterdam and Brussels on Monday, whilst the ferry operator Stena Line announced a cutback.