Dutch Authorities: Many Passengers On South Africa Flights Likely Have COVID-19

PARIS, France – – Dutch health authorities said that, based on initial test results, there were likely dozens of people infected with COVID-19 among some 600 passengers that arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Friday on two flights from South Africa. The passengers have been kept isolated from other travelers at the airport after their … More Dutch Authorities: Many Passengers On South Africa Flights Likely Have COVID-19

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EU Moves To Halt Air Travel From Places With New COVID Variant

PARIS, FRANCE – The European Union might halt air travel from places where a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa has spread, the bloc’s executive said ahead of a meeting later on Friday of the 27 member states’ envoys to decide the matter. Global authorities reacted with alarm on Friday to the new variant, … More EU Moves To Halt Air Travel From Places With New COVID Variant

India Set To Resume Overseas Flights, Tightens Screening For New Covid – 19 Variant

PARIS, France – India said on Friday it will resume international passenger flights from mid – December with COVID-19 linked curbs for ‘at risk’ countries, and ordered tightened screening at borders as fear over a new coronavirus variant spread globally. The federal health ministry said reports of mutations in the variant, identified as B.1.1.529, had … More India Set To Resume Overseas Flights, Tightens Screening For New Covid – 19 Variant

Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights To And From Seven Southern African States Over COVID

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia has suspended flights to and from seven southern African nations due to concentration related to the spread of the new variant of COVID-19. According to a statement carried by the state news agency (SPA), the seven countries are South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini. A senior official in … More Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights To And From Seven Southern African States Over COVID

Fauci Says U.S. Must Study Data Before Deciding On Travel Ban Over New COVID – 19 Variant

PARIS, France – Top U.S. infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday that a ban on flight from southern Africa was a possibility and the United States was rushing to gather data on the new COVID-19 variant. The decision to halt flights had yet been made, he said. Global authorities reacted with alarm … More Fauci Says U.S. Must Study Data Before Deciding On Travel Ban Over New COVID – 19 Variant

Belgium Detects First Case Of New COVID-19 Variant In Europe

PARIS, France – – Belgium has detected first case of the new coronavirus variant which was first found in South Africa, a virologist said on Friday. Marc Van Rnast, whose laboratory works closely with Belgium’s public health body Sciensano, said on Twitter that the variant was found in a traveller returning in Belgium from Egypt … More Belgium Detects First Case Of New COVID-19 Variant In Europe

Saudi Arabia To Lift Entry Ban From Six Countries, Including Egypt, Pakistan And India

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia on Thursday announced that it will lift an entry ban on expats from six countries that was introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior issued directives to allow direct entry for full vaccinated expatriated from Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Vietnam, Egypt and India without the need … More Saudi Arabia To Lift Entry Ban From Six Countries, Including Egypt, Pakistan And India

France’s Macron: Stronger European Cooperation Needed To Deal With Human Trafficking

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that stronger European cooperation was needed after 27 migrants died a day earlier when their dinghy deflated as they made a perilous crossing of the English Channel. ‘We need stronger European cooperation in this area. France is a transit country’, Macron said during a press … More France’s Macron: Stronger European Cooperation Needed To Deal With Human Trafficking

France Extend COVID-19 Booster Shots To All Adults

PARIS, France – France said on Thursday it would make COVID-19 booster shots available to all adults, toughen rules on wearing face masks and ramp – up health pass checks as it seeks to curb a fifth wave of infections that risks undermining its economic recovery. The number of infections is doubling every 11 days … More France Extend COVID-19 Booster Shots To All Adults

Prada’s Heir Designate Vows To Keep Group In Family Hands

PARIS, France – Lorenzo Betelli, the eldest son and heir designate to Prada’s Chief Executive Patrizio Bertelli, vowed to keep the family – controlled luxury fashion group independent when he takes the reins in a few years, he told Reuters. Lorenzo Betelli, a 33 – year old former rally driver, is currently Prada’s marketing chief … More Prada’s Heir Designate Vows To Keep Group In Family Hands