Borders Tighten Around The World In Response To The Unrelenting Covid-19 Threat
Airports are empty as borders are being clamped shut with countries racing to get a grip on mushrooming coronavirus infections
Border restrictions were being tightened around the world Monday in the face of an unrelenting coronavirus threat, after a weekend in which anger at social distancing rules bubbled over into fiery clashes in the Netherlands.
The United States was set to join France, Israel and Sweden in pulling up the drawbridge to certain arrivals, with special concern about new strains of the pathogen that originated in Britain and South Africa.
"It's up to us to show that we are civic-minded," Spaniard Claudio Barraza told AFP upon arrival at Paris's main international airport, after new rules on tests for EU arrivals came into force.
The stipulations came as Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador became the latest public figure to test positive for the disease, and New Zealand reported its first community case for more than two months.
In Washington, President Joe Biden will on Monday reimpose a ban on most non-US citizens who have been in Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, as well as adding South Africa to the list, a senior White House official said.
WNU Editor: Governments have been alerted on how dangerous these Covid variants are, and how they can quickly eliminate all the progress that has been made to contain this pandemic if permitted to spread.
I for one will not be surprised if this trend to closing borders escalates in the next few months, and that international travel will only be limited to "essential trips".
Israel has already banned international flights .... (January 24, 2021), and Canada is considering some severe measures .... (January 24, 2021).