Turkey, airport amidst coronavirus pandemic

Turkey suspends flights with Brazil due to new strain of coronavirus

The Turkish government announced the cancellation of all flights from Brazil after detecting in that country a mutation of the virus.

Turkey announced on Friday the suspension of all flights with Brazil due to the increase in cases of a new strain of coronavirus that emerged in the Brazilian Amazon, more contagious, and that adds to those that appeared in other countries such as the UK or South Africa.

As announced on January 22 by the Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, the Turkish government has temporarily suspended all flights from Brazil due to the increase in infections of this new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, recalling that the same measure has already been taken with aircrafts from other countries where dangerous variants of the virus have emerged.

The studies carried out so far indicate that the Brazilian strain of the coronavirus could have been originated in the city of Manaus – the capital of the Amazon region – and has undergone genetic changes similar to those of the strains native to the United Kingdom and South Africa, which would allow this variant to be more contagious and even reinfect those who have already overcome COVID-19. It is not clear for now if the Brazilian strain is more deadly or if it is resistant to the vaccine.

More than 1.2 million people have received the coronavirus vaccine so far in Turkey. According to the latest data, in the last 24 hours the number of infections in the country fell below 6,000 daily positives, registering another 149 deaths from the disease.

Before suspending flights with Brazil due to the new strain of the coronavirus, Turkey had previously cancelled air connections with the United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa after detecting more dangerous and much more contagious mutations of the virus in these countries.