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Italy bans travel from India amid surge in coronavirus variants

Italy on Sunday became the latest country to ban travel from India and moved to imposed a ban anyone who had traveled to India within the past two weeks from entering the country.

Reuters reported that Italy’s heath minister made the announcement, warning of a so-called “double mutant” strain thought to have developed in the country.

“Our scientists are at work to study the new Indian variant,” he said.

Italy’s decision followed similar moves by countries including the U.K., Canada, New Zealand, Indonesia and others that have leveled travel restrictions of varying strength against India.

The State Department lists India,

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Airlines and countries extend travel bans on South Africa

UAE-based airline Emirates has announced that flights from South Africa will remain suspended until 20 March 2021.

This is in line with government directives that restrict the entry of travellers originating from South Africa into the UAE, the airline said in a notice published on its website.

Emirates said that daily passenger flights to Johannesburg will resume from 11 March as initially planned – however, outbound flights will remain suspended.

“Emirates remains committed to serving our customers in South Africa, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow,” it said.

“We continue to work closely with all

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Where can I summer holiday abroad when UK travel bans are lifted? | Travel

It is currently illegal to travel abroad for holidays, but the UK government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown states that a new taskforce to review global travel restrictions will report on 12 April. International travel restrictions from England will not be lifted until 17 May at the earliest. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are yet to set a date for the resumption of international travel.

However, summer holiday bookings have already surged in anticipation, even while some politicians and public health experts have cautioned it is too early to be certain that they can take place. Some countries have already announced

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