The United Kingdom begins, door-to-door, a wave of tests to deal with the South African variant of the coronavirus.
The detection in eight different areas of the country of 11 infected who had not traveled to South Africa it has led authorities to carry out massive tests in these neighborhoods. Those over 16 years old should stay at home waiting for tests to be carried out, whether or not they have any symptoms.
“We have already identified 105 cases of this variant“revealed the UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock. “Eleven of those cases do not appear to be related to international travel. There is currently no evidence to suggest that this variant is more serious, but we have to attack it strongly and we will.”
About 80,000 people live in the eight neighborhoods in which the tests are planned to be carried out, and the alarm is evident since, although it is not proven, se believes that the South African variant may be more easily transmissible and more infectious.
Recommendations of the European Union
The European Union is also hardening its position, and although it continues to allow each country to decide its measures, recommends requiring a quarantine for travelers arriving from high-risk countries, in addition to a negative PCR test and mandatory use of masks. Brussels also warns about taking unnecessary trips, always with the aim of avoiding the closure of borders and the drastic cancellation of flights.
“These are fairly recent measures,” he recalls. Reza Ahmari |, German Federal Customs Police. “But once the measures are fully implemented, we hope that there will be fewer passengers arriving from high-risk countries, as well as the use of proper protection at all German airports.”
Restrictions are also re-imposed between countries neighboring the Union. Portugal, which is currently experiencing its worst days in the fight against the virus, it has limited mobility through its land border crossings with Spain.
From now on, road trips between the two countries are only allowed for the transport of goods or for health reasons, as well as for those who are working and the Portuguese who return to their country.
In France, for its part, the borders remain open, although a negative PCR test is required to enter. Almost a year later, the fight against the coronavirus continues at its peak.