China will suspend UK flights indefinitely over fears of new Covid strain

China will suspend direct flights to and from Britain indefinitely over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus, Wang Wenbin, a international ministry spokesman mentioned on Thursday.

"After much consideration, China has decided to take reference from other countries and suspend flights to and from UK," Wang advised reporters at a every day briefing.

"China will closely monitor relevant developments and dynamically adjust control measures depending on the situation," Wang mentioned.

Countries throughout the globe are shutting their borders to Britain after the emergence of a extremely infectious new coronavirus strain.

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There are at the moment eight weekly flights between mainland China and Britain, in response to aviation knowledge supplier Variflight, together with one every by Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines.

British Airways operates two flights every week from London to Shanghai.

China barred non-Chinese vacationers from Britain final month, together with these with legitimate visas and residence permits, as a result of of rising coronavirus instances.

Meanwhile, the China visa utility heart within the Scottish capital Edinburgh will briefly shut from Dec. 29 till additional discover, in accordance with authorities necessities, a discover on the centre's web site confirmed on Thursday.

All of mainland Scotland will transfer to the hardest of four-tiered coronavirus restrictions from Saturday.

The two Chinese visa facilities in England — in London and Manchester — mentioned on Tuesday they’d shut from Dec. 22 and Dec. 29, respectively, as fears over the new coronavirus strain grew.

Another China visa heart in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been closed since March.

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