England halts flights from South Africa as coronavirus variant spreads

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Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on December 15, 2020. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

England has ordered flights and arrivals from South Africa to be halted after a potentially more infectious variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spread to the country.

“I’ve taken the decision to temporarily stop flights and arrivals entering England from South Africa from 9am tomorrow following an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.