China has suspended flights to and from the United Kingdom due to the new coronavirus variant, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Thursday.
Speaking to reporters at the daily press briefing, Wang said:
“Considering the nature of the mutated virus and its possible impact, in order to ensure that Chinese people and people from foreign countries travel safe and sound, after much consideration, China has decided to follow the example of other countries and suspend flights to and from UK. China will closely monitor relevant developments and dynamically adjust control measures depending on the situation.”
Outside the UK, this strain has been detected in countries such as Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Australia. A similar but separate variant also has been identified in South Africa.