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Gulf Today Report
The Netherlands banned flights from the UK on Sunday to curb the spread of the new coronavirus strain sweeping England.
The government said the ban was a reaction to restrictions imposed in London and other areas.
The Netherlands is working towards assessing "with other European Union nations the possibilities to contain the import of the virus from the United Kingdom."
Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in London and southern England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new variant is 70% more transmissible.
"There’s no evidence to suggest it is more lethal or causes more severe illness or that vaccines will be less effective against it,” he added.
The Dutch government advised its residents to avoid unnecessary travel.
“We had a look at this particular mutation, as opposed to many other thousands very carefully, saw there may be an issue, not so much that the vaccine won’t work, in fact scientists think it will work, but just the fact it is more spreadable,” Grant Shapps told the BBC.
China’s National Radio and Television Administration said an investigation found BBC World News’ China-related reports had “seriously violated” regulations, including that news should be “truthful and fair,” had harmed the country’s national interests and undermined national unity.
The travel ban "is a big surprise and a big shock to the market" and shows that investors are yet to see the full financial fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, said IG Markets analyst Kyle Rodda. On the flip side, traders are selling gold to fund margin calls, providing a headwind for the metal, Rodda added.
Sheikh Ahmed was introduced to the observation cabins of Ain Dubai, which provide visitors the perfect vantage point for 360-degree views of Dubai, over the waters of the Arabian Gulf. The 48 passenger cabins have the capacity to carry more than 1,750 visitors at once.
Qureshi said Pakistan was determined to help Afghanistan avoid a collapse of its economy and had agreed measures to ease some border restrictions and facilitate trade, including on-arrival visas for Afghan business travellers. "
Employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service in Russia’s Ivanovskaya district have arrested a cat trying to transfer marijuana to Russian prisoners.