April 21, 2021

Coronavirus live: UK warned to expect further restrictions over spread of new Covid variant

Latest updates: Sir Patrick Vallance suggests more areas may need to enter tier 4; PM...

Latest updates: Sir Patrick Vallance suggests more areas may need to enter tier 4; PM says border delays only affecting small amount of freight; countries continue to suspend UK flights over new strain

8.19pm GMT

Sudan will ban travellers from the UK, the Netherlands and South Africa from 23 December following the discovery of a new, more transmissible variant of the coronavirus, the head of the civil aviation authority told Reuters on Monday. The ban will last two weeks subject to renewal and more countries could be added to the list as the situation develops, Ibrahim Adlan said.

8.00pm GMT

Delta Air Lines confirmed on Monday it will require pre-departure Covid-19 tests before passengers leave from the UK to New York.

The New York governor Andrew Cuomo first disclosed the decision on Twitter after British Airways earlier said it would take the step as international leaders react to news of a highly infectious new strain. A Delta spokeswoman confirmed the decision to Reuters.

NEW: @Delta has also agreed to require pre-departure COVID tests before passengers leave from the U.K. to New York, joining @British_Airways.

Thank you, Delta. https://t.co/RQkJX8fuk5

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