Paris (AP) – France suspended all flights from Brazil on Tuesday amid fears of a highly contagious coronavirus spreading through the South American country.
Prime Minister Jean-Castec announced the dissolution of parliament.
“We note that the situation is deteriorating, we have decided to suspend all flights between Brazil and France until further notice,” Castex said, applauding lawmakers.
Although France has seen relatively few known cases of P-1 strikes in Brazil, the devastation caused by it in the largest Latin American country is becoming more and more alarming in France.
Castex noted that travelers from Brazil needed to be tested negative for the virus before leaving և upon arrival in France, as well as quarantine within 10 days. But the government was facing huge calls from health professionals to suspend the flight to limit further spread.
Opposition Socialist lawmaker Boris Valleau called the shutdown a “necessary, very good decision.”
The office of the Prime Minister announced that the suspension will start on Wednesday, referring to flights from Brazil to France. The national carrier Air France on Wednesday canceled all its flights to and from Brazil, saying its flight schedule would depend on government instructions.
France has had 5.1 million cases of coronavirus since the epidemic began, the highest number in Europe, with more than 99,000 deaths. The country is battling another wave of coronavirus infections, which is making hospitals in Paris and elsewhere worse.
To curb the French tide of travel, travel and mobility restrictions apply across the country during the overnight curfew. Schools are closed, which is expected to last at least three weeks.
French Health Minister Olivier Veran told parliament that before spreading to continental Europe, Britain was now responsible for about 80% of infections in France, with less than 4% of French infections in Brazil and South Africa.
“Accordingly, we are seeing a decline in these versions because they are less contagious than English,” Veran said.
Even before the flight was canceled, passenger traffic from Brazil was already sharply reduced due to epidemic travel restrictions. The transport minister said this week that 50 people a day fly from Brazil to Paris’s main airport, up from 50,000 a week before the health crisis.
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