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Portuguese PM says Angola is off the European Commission's list to restrict flights

The Portuguese prime minister said this Friday that Portugal has been in contact with African countries with which it has “more intense relations, adding that neither Mozambique nor Angola are on the list that the European Commission has proposed to restrict flights.


At the end of a ceremony that took place in the district of Setúbal – and which was also attended by the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa – António Costa was asked about the new variant of the coronavirus B.1.1.529, initially identified in the South Africa.

"Right now everything is being coordinated at the level of the European Commission regarding flights and we have been in contact with the African countries with which we have more intense relations since the morning", began by answering the Portuguese PM.

According to the official, "for now" none of these southern African countries "is on the list that the European Commission has proposed".

"In the first list that was released, neither Mozambique nor Angola were included. We have been in dialogue and monitoring and seeing how we can all help each other," he said.

The European Commission will propose the suspension of flights from Southern Africa to the European Union due to the appearance of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, which causes covid-19, the president of the institution announced this morning.

Belgian health authorities detected on the 22nd of this month a case of the new variant of the coronavirus B.1.1.529, initially identified in South Africa, revealed the Belgian Minister of Public Health, Frank Vandenbroucke. It is the first case related to this new variant identified in Europe.

About 30 mutations of this new variant have already been identified in places like South Africa, Botswana or Hong Kong, which has generated worldwide concern and the imposition, by European countries, of restrictions on travelers from African countries Southern.

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