The Fee mentioned the measure, which might be momentary, follows an earlier proposal by the WHO to vary the classification of a variant of the coronavirus present in India from ‘variant of curiosity’ to ‘variant of concern’
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The European Fee on Wednesday urged EU member states to work collectively to limit journey from India with a view to restrict the unfold of a COVID-19 variant that has ravaged the Asian nation.
The Fee mentioned the measure, which might be momentary, follows an earlier proposal by the World Well being Group to vary the classification of that variant from “variant of curiosity” to “variant of concern”.
“It is very important restrict to the strict minimal the classes of vacationers that may journey from India for important causes and to topic those that should still journey from India to strict testing and quarantine preparations,” the Fee mentioned in a press release.
It mentioned the restrictions shouldn’t apply to anybody travelling for compelling causes, similar to individuals in want of worldwide safety or for crucial household causes.
EU residents and long-term residents, in addition to their relations, would even be exempt.
India’s coronavirus dying toll handed 250,000 on Wednesday because the World Well being Group mentioned the variant fueling the surge had been present in dozens of nations throughout the globe.
There are fears that the virus is now raging in India’s huge rural hinterland the place two-thirds of the inhabitants dwell, and the place well being care is patchy.
The swift unfold has been blamed on enormous political rallies and non secular occasions that attracted hundreds of thousands of individuals over latest months, in addition to the brand new B.1.617 variant first detected in India in October.