Saturday, 04 December 2021 08:18 GMT

Qatar - Dutch government: temporary stop on flights from Southern Africa

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) AMSTERDAM - The Dutch government said on Friday it will halt air traffic from Southern Africa starting at noon, following the detection of a new coronavirus variant there.

Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said in a statement the ban would apply to all countries in Southern Africa, and that travellers currently en route would be required to quarantine upon arrival at Schiphol Airport.

The Dutch move follows a similar decision by Britain and a statement by European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen that the EU aims to halt air travel from the region due to concerns over the possible dangers posed by the variant.

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