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Turkey suspends flights from UK, three other nations amid new virus strain

Turkey has suspended flights from the U.K., Denmark, the Netherlands and South Africa due to concerns over a new fast-moving coronavirus strain.

"It has been reported that the rate of transmission has increased in the U.K. with the mutation of the coronavirus," Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter on late Dec. 20.

Turkey bans flights from UK amid new virus strain

Turkey late on Dec. 20 joined other European countries in banning flights from the U.K. and other countries due to concerns over a new fast-moving coronavirus strain. 

"It has been reported that the rate of transmission has increased in the U.K. with the mutation of the coronavirus," Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter.

First Vaccines Arrive in Bulgaria by Christmas Eve, Vaccination Starts in February

The first vaccinations in Bulgaria can start as early as 27 December, when approval from the European health authorities is expected, Chief Health Inspector Angel Kunchev reported to Nova TV

The start will be set in six hospitals. The lists of those who have expressed readiness to be vaccinated are now ready, and the beginning will be set with 5,000 immunizations.

CNSU updates high epidemiological risk areas; quarantine imposed on people arriving from these areas

The National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) on Thursday updated the list of countries / areas / territories of high epidemiological risk in the case of which the quarantine measure is instituted on the persons arriving to Romania.

Europe pushes for coronavirus vaccine roll-out as risky holiday season looms

European nations vowed on Dec. 16 to get their coronavirus vaccination campaigns rolling before the end of the year while a surge in infections prompted tighter restrictions across several countries.

Germany will begin vaccinations on December 27, its health minister said, detailing a timeline expected to be mirrored across the European Union's 27 member states.

Logar calls for more business cooperation with the Netherlands

The Hague – Foreign Minister Anže Logar met his counterpart Stefan Blok as part of his working visit to the Netherlands on Tuesday to discuss cooperation, Slovenia’s EU presidency, and topical issues. Logar expressed interest in strengthening economic cooperation between Slovenia and the Netherlands, especially in digitalisation and green technology.

Lockdown

Germany entered a complete lockdown at midnight, and France is replacing the previous lockdown with curfew.
The measures will last in Germany until January 10, and during that period, only essential stores such as supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as banks, will work.

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