To stop the spread of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus, Belgium has banned travel from the UK.
Due to reservations about the new version, VUI-202012/01, they are joining the Netherlands in suspending flights and have also banned trains coming from the UK.
This comes after a proposed easing of coronavirus restrictions over the Christmas season was cancelled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
In Scotland, from Dec. 26, mainland regions will switch to level four, while Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles will move to level three.
Double police patrols in the Scottish Borders due to the general travel ban for Christmas
On Christmas Day, up to eight individuals from a maximum of three households will meet indoors, but there is a strict “travel ban” to prohibit people from traveling to or leaving Scotland.
As a precautionary measure, Belgium is halting flights and train arrivals from Britain starting at midnight tonight.
The Belgian television station VRT was told by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo that “we will see later if we need additional measures.”
It is also assumed that Germany is contemplating steps.
One of Nicola Sturgeon’s top Covid 19 advisers cautioned on Sunday that to suppress the virus, “tough restrictions” were required.
Speaking on Sunday’s Sky News Sophy Ridge program, Professor Devi Sridhar cautioned that the current version of the virus, which can spread 70% more easily than the original strain, means that with our existing tier structure, it is “increasingly difficult to suppress it.”
“She added, “For the way we deal with this virus, we actually need a wider plan.
The advisor to Sturgeon warns that “tough” rules are needed because levels are ineffective
The more we’ve heard about it, the more we’ve found that we need to step away from a model of flu where we recognize that it’s an infectious seasonal outbreak to a model of SARS where we just aim and keep the numbers as low as possible and use tests, vaccinations and therapies to get it under control to try to keep our economy and society moving.
“I think trying to maintain these low restrictions for a long period of time is not going to work with this virus – it’s too infectious, it looks like it’s going to get more and more infectious.”