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Colombia suspends flights to Brazil over new Covid Strain

Bogota: Colombia has suspended air traffic with Brazil for a month over the spread of a new strain of the Coronavirus there, Colombian President Ivan Duque said.

“To prevent the spread of the new strain found in Brazil, the Colombian Ministry of Health and I have decided to suspend flights to and from Brazil for a month starting from Friday.

Those who arrived from the country between January 18 and 27 must undergo a 14-day self-isolation,” Duque wrote on his Twitter page on late Wednesday.

The president added that only passenger flights would be suspended.

The air traffic with Brazil has already been suspended by the United States, Peru, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Austria and Turkey.

The B.1.1.28.1 strain of the coronavirus was detected in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro in late December.

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