Latvia suspends all flights to and from the United Kingdom

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In common with many other European Union member states, Latvia on December 20 announced the suspension of all flights to and from the United Kingdom.

The move comes amid reports that a potentially even more dangerous mutated form of the COVID-19 virus has been found in south-eastern England, and a desire among EU members to prevent its transmission to the continent.

The UK government announced a 'lockdown' in London and the south-east of England on Saturday which prompted chaotic scenes at railway stations as people tried to flee the capital.

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs confirmed on social media that the government would make a decision Sunday evening with numerous other EU member states doing likewise.

Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits said his ministry had submitted a proposal for passenger travel to be suspended between Latvia and the UK from December 21 until January 1, which was duly approved by the cabinet and confirmed by Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš who said the decision was taken to protect the public from the new strain of the virus. The measure comes into effect from midnight tonight and technically also includes sea and land passenger services to and from the UK. 


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