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European Commission urges limiting travel from India; EU citizens, long-term residents likely to be exempted-World News , Happy Easterday

European Fee urges limiting journey from India; EU residents, long-term residents more likely to be exempted-World Information , Pleased Easterday

The Fee stated the measure, which might be non permanent, follows an earlier proposal by the WHO to alter 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 to be able to restrict the unfold of a COVID-19 variant that has ravaged the Asian nation.

The Fee stated the measure, which might be non permanent, follows an earlier proposal by the World Well being Organisation to alter the classification of that variant from “variant of curiosity” to “variant of concern”.

“You will need to restrict to the strict minimal the classes of travellers 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 stated in an announcement.

It stated the restrictions mustn’t apply to anybody travelling for compelling causes, reminiscent of 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 stated the variant fuelling 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 reside, and the place well being care is patchy.

The swift unfold has been blamed on enormous political rallies and spiritual occasions that attracted tens of millions of individuals over current months, in addition to the brand new B.1.617 variant first detected in India in October.


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Updated: May 12, 2021 — 9:15 pm

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