“The European Commission will propose, in close coordination with the countries of the Union, to activate a mechanism for the emergency suspension of flights from the southern African region in connection with the emergence of a dangerous option B.1.1.529 there,” she wrote on Twitter.

Earlier it became known that the UK has temporarily canceled flights with South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini from November 26 due to the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus B.1.1.529.

The South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs called this decision hasty.