Various countries and airlines are reported to have banned flights from South Africa due to the discovery of the new variant of Covid-19
The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announced on Friday that a new variant of Covid-19 – called 501.v2 – was discovered in the country.
According to various reports, this variant of Covid-19 – which is said to spread fast – is the cause of the second wave.
Other variants of the coronavirus were discovered in other countries such as Australia and the UK, but are said to not be as widespread as the variant in South Africa.
These are the countries that have banned flights from South Africa, according to Business Day.
The report also says that these countries have also banned flights coming from the UK.
German Ambassador to South Africa, Martin Schäfer, spoke more about Germany’s decision to ban flights from SA during an eNCA interview.
“Indeed it is a serious decision, but I think it’s also a serious situation that we are in.
“It seems this new variant of mutated coronavirus has not arrived yet in Western Europe and not in Germany and that’s the reason why the federal government took the decision to be careful and to be vigilant.
“And it means that for a couple of days there is a travel ban for each and everyone from South Africa into Germany. Certainly until New Years Eve and we have to see what happens beyond,” said Martin Schäfer.
As of Tuesday, South Africa had 9 501 new cases making the total number of positive cases 940 212.
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