Scores of Britons flooded the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg in a desperate rush to get home after the UK temporarily banned flights from six African countries, including South Africa, amid concerns over a new COVID-19 variant identified as B.1.1.529.
Anxious-looking travellers stood in long queues at Johannesburg’s international airport on Friday, desperate to squeeze onto the last flights to countries that had just shut their doors to South Africa.
Many cut short their holidays, rushing back from safaris and vineyards when Britain announced late Thursday night that all flights from South Africa and its neighbours would be banned the following day.
A flurry of nations have since followed suit, concerned about the discovery of a new coronavirus variant with a large number of mutations fuelling an infection resurgence in South Africa.
UK citizen Toby Reid, a 24-year-old trader in London, was camping on Cape Town’s Table Mountain with his girlfriend when the ban was announced.
AccuWeather meteorologists are tracking a developing system, designated Potential Tropical Cyclone Six by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), that could soon become the sixth-named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. They say it will track through the northern Caribbean before eyeing the United States. Floridians are being urged to remain vigilant as the AccuWeather Eye Path® will bring the system close to the Sunshine State with the potential for heavy rainfall, gusty winds and severe weather and dangerous seas.
WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State Department on Monday both warned against travel to Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Kyrgyzstan because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries.
The CDC raised its travel advisory to “Level Four: Very High” for those countries telling Americans they should avoid travel there, while the State Department issued “Do Not Travel” advisories.
Spain reopened its borders to U.S. tourists in June and has been a popular destination for Americans since then.
The CDC on Monday also raised its rating to “Level Four” for Cuba, while the State Department already had Cuba at the highest “Do Not Travel” rating
Guinea’s epidemic is the first resurgence of the disease in the region since the most deadly outbreak on record ended in 2016. Meanwhile a separate outbreak has been reported in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the CongoPhoto via @TelGlobalHealth
The busiest winter weather pattern in decades brought a slew of impacts across a large swath of the United States over the holiday weekend. Massive power outages and slippery travel were reported from the West to the East Coast on Saturday, as multiple storms unleashed snow and ice.
Oregon, Virginia and North Carolina, were among the hardest-hit states in terms of outages. As of midday on Saturday, more than 400,000 customers were without power as ice downed power lines in Virginia and North Carolina.
A path of snow extended from the westernmost parts of Washington and Oregon, down to New Mexico and Texas, all the way to Michigan.
Boris Johnson’s government is under intense pressure, with the new variant coronavirus spreading rapidly and dozens of countries banning travel from the UK. The UK’s scientific advisers are warning that even tougher restrictions will be needed to contain the new strain of the virus. The prime minister has sought to reassure the public that food supplies are not under threat after France banned the entry of freight lorries from the UK. More than 40 countries have banned flights or imposed restrictions. There have been long queues on the roads of Kent to the port of Dover. The pressure comes with Britain still set to leave the EU without a trade deal at the end of December. Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Caroline Davies at Dover and business editor Simon Jack.
The governors of California, Oregon and Washington issued a joint coronavirus travel advisory on Friday urging people arriving to their states to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The West Coast states also advised people to avoid non-essential out-of-state travel.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that traveling can increase someone’s chance of spreading and becoming infected with the coronavirus.
The governors of California, Oregon and Washington issued a joint coronavirus travel advisory on Friday urging people arriving to their states to self-quarantine for 14 days and asking residents to avoid all non-essential out-of-state trips.