COUNTRIES SHUT BORDERS OVER NEW COVID STRAIN

Written by on December 22, 2020

COUNTRIES ACROSS THE GLOBE HAVE SHUT BORDERS AND BANNED TRAVEL BETWEEN THE UK OVER FEARS ABOUT A HIGHLY INFECTIOUS NEW CORONAVIRUS STRAIN, CAUSING TRAVEL CHAOS AND RAISING THE PROSPECT OF FOOD SHORTAGES.

THE STRAIN, REFERRED TO BY SOME EXPERTS AS THE B.1.1.7 LINEAGE, IS NOT THE FIRST NEW VARIANT OF THE PANDEMIC VIRUS TO EMERGE, BUT IS SAID TO BE UP TO 70 PERCENT MORE TRANSMISSIBLE THAN THE PREVIOUSLY DOMINANT STRAIN IN THE UK.

ON TUESDAY, THE US SENATE PASSED AN 892BILLION CORONAVIRUS AID PACKAGE, WHILE ALSO FUNDING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2021.

THERE HAVE BEEN 77.3 MILLION CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS WORLDWIDE, WITH MORE THAN 1.7 MILLION DEATHS.


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