Uk decided Stop passengers from Brazil, Portugal and 14 other countries Because of a new version of Coronavirus. The ban announced on Thursday (14) by British Transport Minister Grant Shapps will come into force on Friday (15).
“I made an immediate decision to ban arrival (…) after evidence of a new version in Brazil,” Shapps said on a social network.
He justified Suspension of travel between Portugal and United Kingdom Because of its “strong relationship with Brazil”, and said it is a way to “reduce the risk of imports of infections”. Transportation of goods and essential products between the two countries will be maintained with special permission.
Arrival panel at London Heathrow Airport in a photo from 25 December 2020 – Photo: Toby Melville / Reuters and Archive
See which countries are affected:
- Cape Verde
- French Guiana
a The measure does not apply to British citizens Who want to return home or with foreigners residence permit In Britain, however, the Transport Minister explained that all travelers passing through these countries should make one Compulsory ten-day separation.
A prior decision of the British Government already provides for the liability Negative test for travelers from abroad In England (from 18 January) or in Scotland (on 15 January) – including citizens of the country.
Variants not found Brazil
On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had already said that the country was exploring ways to protect itself from the ‘Brazilian version’ of coronovirus.
Johnson referred Variants found in the Amazon state And it was recorded on those travelers who passed through the region and returned to Japan.
According to the Oswaldo Cruise Foundation (FiroCruz) office at Amazon, detected samples may be Developed from a viral strain that has been roaming the area since April Last year.
Genetic sequences seen in samples include A. Abnormal number of changesAlso in protein S – which forms the crown of the virus -, which is similar to the pattern observed in strains in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Uk flight ban
Brazil has already banned flights and entry into the country of travelers arriving from the United Kingdom since Christmas. This measure was taken because the region also has a more infectious version of coronavirus.
A flight, whose origin is the United Kingdom or that makes a halt in the group’s countries, may not be destined for Brazil.
The same rule also applies to foreigners. If he has been in Britain for the last 14 days, he will not be able to come to Brazil.