France suspends all flights to and from Brazil due to COVID variant

Healthcare professionals are preparing to test passengers arriving at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in Nice, France on March 1, 2021. (EricGaillard / Reuters)

Paris-France will suspend all flights to and from Brazil to prevent the spread of the first COVID-19 variant detected in South American countries, France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex said.

“We have decided to suspend all flights between France and Brazil until we are notified later, noting that the situation is getting worse,” Castex said in parliament.

Some major French doctors have been calling on the government for days to stop all air traffic with Brazil.

A month ago, Health Minister Olivier Véran said that about 6% of COVID-19 cases in France were due to the more contagious variants first discovered in Brazil and South Africa.

By Geert De Clercq

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