Latvia and Norway will resume flights with the UK from January 2, and India in a week. At the end of December, countries began to restrict air traffic with the kingdom due to a new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Latvia will resume flights with the UK from January 2, the country’s Transport Ministry said in a statement on Twitter. The decision to suspend flights was made due to the spread of a new, more contagious strain of coronavirus infection in the kingdom.
From the same day, Norway lifted the temporary ban on flights between the two countries, Sky News reports. At the same time, the authorities ordered everyone arriving from abroad to take tests for COVID-19.
India has joined the decision to restore air traffic with Great Britain, flights will be operated from January 8.
The UK announced the emergence of a new strain of coronavirus, which is 70% more infectious than other mutations, in mid-December. According to the UK Public Health Service, it has been actively circulating in the kingdom since mid-November, but could have appeared there as early as September.