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US to restrict travel from southern Africa over Omicron Covid variant fears

WHO names variant found in Belgium and Israel Omicron White House adviser Fauci: no indication variant is in USBioNTech says vaccine can be tweaked in 100 days if neededJoe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said on Friday there was “no indication” the new “Omicron” coronavirus variant discovered in southern Africa had reached the US.Nonetheless, the the Biden administration said it would restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in southern Africa, starting on Mond...
Tags: Science, Africa, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, Belgium, US domestic policy, Biden, Anthony Fauci, Fauci, Biden Administration, Coronavirus


South Africa to be put on England’s travel red list over new Covid variant

Flights from six countries will be banned as officials review travel measures after scientists voice concern over variant Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFlights from southern Africa will be banned, with six countries placed under England’s red list travel restrictions, after scientists raised the alarm over what is feared to be the worst Covid-19 variant yet identified.Whitehall sources said the B.1.1.529 variant, which is feared to be more transmissible and has the ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, England, Science, Africa, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, Transport, Health policy, Transport policy


Easing travel rules for those vaccinated in US and EU ‘reckless’, says Labour

Angela Rayner warns plan to lift quarantine for arrivals in England could allow in new Covid variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLabour has called plans to significantly ease restrictions for millions of travellers “reckless”, saying the move could lead to the importation of another more infectious Covid variant that could wreak havoc.Concerns were raised after the Guardian revealed ministers were poised to recognise the double-jabbed status of people if they were ...
Tags: Politics, England, Science, US, Eu, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Air transport, Microbiology, Transport, Angela Rayner, Coronavirus


Covid travel rule-breakers could face 10-year jail terms, says Hancock

Health secretary sets out new measures as Scottish government announces even stricter plansCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTravellers arriving from coronavirus hotspots could face £10,000 fines and jail sentences of up to 10 years under a package of measures designed to stop new variants entering Britain.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said people who travelled to England from 33 high-risk countries would have to pay up to £1,750 to quarantine in government-design...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Britain, Air transport, Health policy, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Covid travel rule-breakers could face 10-year jail term, says Hancock

Health secretary sets out new measures for travellers, including £1,750 hotel quarantine fee Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has set out tough new measures to stop Covid-19 from entering England, including a 10-year sentence for incoming passengers who lie about where they have travelled when abroad.The health secretary said people who entered the UK from 33 high-risk countries would have to pay up to £1,750 to quarantine in designated hotels. Continue re...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Air transport, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Digital 'health passport' trials under way to aid reopening of borders

CommonPass aims to create common standard proving a traveller is Covid-free or vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA new digital “health passport” is to be piloted by a small number of passengers flying from the UK to the US for the first time next week under plans for a global framework for Covid-safe air travel.The CommonPass system, backed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), is designed to create a common international standard for passengers to demonstrate th...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Science, US, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, Heathrow, Airline Industry, Vaccines and immunisation, World Economic Forum WEF, Coronavirus


The Guardian view on a new normal: holidays abroad, quarantine at home | Editorial

Covid-19 is lingering such that the public believes things are getting better, long after they are going wrongAnother day, another sadly predictable U-turn from the government of Boris Johnson. A few weeks ago ministers were encouraging the public to go abroad for their holidays. They did so without a comprehensive airport testing regime for passengers, unlike in many parts of the world. As restrictions have been lifted across Europe, countries have reported rises in Covid-19 cases. People retur...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Politics, Science, Wales, Scotland, Spain, Catalonia, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Air transport, Boris Johnson


New Zealand rations places for citizens returning home during Covid-19

Controversial restrictions brought in to ease strain on quarantine system after rush of New Zealanders arriving at the borderCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealanders could be blocked at their own border after the government moved to slow the pace of international arrivals due to Covid-19.Mounting pressure on New Zealand’s Covid-19 border regime has forced the government to ration places for New Zealanders entering the country.Jacinda Ardern’s government has stru...
Tags: Science, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Planes grounded by coronavirus pandemic sit idle at airports around the world – in pictures

As travel restrictions in response to the pandemic savagely cut the number of flights, airlines are scrambling to find places to park their redundant planes Continue reading...
Tags: Science, World news, Air transport, Airline Industry, Coronavirus outbreak


Heathrow airport hit by delays following coronavirus-related concerns

Public Health England guidelines result in as many as eight flights being caught up in checks or delaysCoronavirus - latest updatesAs many as eight flights at Heathrow airport were said to have been caught up in delays or checks as a result of government health officials responding to coronavirus-related concerns over passengers feeling unwell.United Airlines confirmed that staff in London had been providing assistance to a flight from San Francisco which had landed at Heathrow following reports...
Tags: Science, London, San Francisco, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, Microbiology, Heathrow, Public Health England, Heathrow Airport, United Airlines, Coronavirus outbreak


Where has coronavirus spread?

Three maps illustrating the fight against the deadly virus outbreak in Wuhan, ChinaAuthorities in China are battling to contain an outbreak of a deadly coronavirus, which has spread throughout the country and beyond its borders. Latest official figures put the number of cases in China at 440 and nine people have died, all of them in the central province of Hubei where the illness was first detected. UK infectious disease experts have doubled their estimate of the likely number of cases to 4,000....
Tags: UK, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, Wuhan, Hubei, Coronavirus outbreak


Flying cars: why haven't they taken off yet?

Despite their potential, no one has managed to take them from flight of fancy to everyday reality In 1940, Henry Ford said: “Mark my words – a combination aeroplane and motor car is coming.” With flying taxis apparently on the way, it looks like he was right, but what a wait. Eight decades years later, “dude, where’s my flying car?” is shorthand for any stuff “they” promised us that we haven’t got.We have always wanted to fly, so, as soon as cars came on to the scene, we wanted those to fly too....
Tags: Business, Science, Technology, US, World news, Engineering, Air transport, Automotive Industry, Motoring, Manufacturing sector, Jetsons, Aeronautics, Henry Ford


Virus risk on planes is lower than you might think, study says

Unless, that is, you’re directly next to an infected person, or a steward is contagiousFlyers who live in fear of catching bugs on every flight, take heart: the risk of picking up respiratory infections while cruising at 35,000 feet may be slimmer than you think.Scientists used a computer model to crunch information on how people moved around aircraft on flights lasting three-and-a-half to five hours. They found that passengers sitting one row in front, or one row behind, a person with flu had a...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Air transport, Flu, Flu pandemic


Air taxis: we have lift-off…

Individual journeys by air – to work, to the airport, between cities – may feature in the not-too-distant futureLast month Airbus released a video of the first successful test flight of its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) autonomous drone. Although it only hovered in the air for 53 seconds, the fact that its eight rotors were powered entirely by electricity was a landmark for the manufacturer of gas-guzzling planes. The goal is that the technology could be used for airborne travel...
Tags: Uber, Business, Science, Technology, Air transport, Airline Industry, Airbus, Zach Lovering Vahana


Future long-haul flights could take 30 minutes, says Elon Musk - video

SpaceX boss unveils plans for intercontinental flights that could use technology developed for space travel to reach long-distance destinations in less than 30 minutes. Musk says that by leaving the Earth's atmosphere commercial flights could arrive at any destination in less than an hourElon Musk: SpaceX can colonise Mars and build base on moon Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, World news, Air transport, Airline Industry, Travel and transport, Musk


Space radiation with extra punch a hazard for high flying aircraft

Solar winds sending charged particles to Earth in ‘clouds’ can double normal exposure to radiation on long-haul flightsSpace weather is not usually noticeable on Earth, but research suggests that it may produce blasts of radiation that do affect air travellers. Fortunately, this occurs in localised “clouds” which aircraft could avoid, just as they can avoid clouds of volcanic dust.The research, published in the journal Space Weather, is connected to the Nasa-funded Automated Radiation Measuremen...
Tags: Space, Science, World news, Nasa, Earth, Air transport, Meteorology


Jets v the jet stream

Flights from Britain to the US could take longer in future because of climate change. The jet stream is expected to become more powerful as the climate warms, and that means flights to America battling against fiercer headwinds.Flights from New York to London, on the other hand, will probably speed up as they ride on the faster jet stream, although this won’t balance the slower flights and a round trip will still be longer. That means more fuel used by the aircraft, more air pollution and possib...
Tags: New York, Science, London, Climate Change, Environment, US, America, World news, Britain, Air transport, Airline Industry, Meteorology, Jets, University of Reading, Environmental Research Letters


The rise and fall of Concorde and supersonic passenger flight - podcast

Why did supersonic passenger flight end when Concorde retired in 2003? Could we still see a new generation of supersonic aircraft?Is supersonic travel a concept that’s had its day, or will we see a new generation following on from Concorde and its Russian counterpart?To explore this question, Ian Sample is joined in the studio by Jonathan Glancey, author of Concorde - The Rise and Fall of the Supersonic Airliner. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Air transport, Concorde, Jonathan Glancey, Ian Sample, Supersonic Airliner Continue


Anti-insect paint and electric planes: can technology make aviation sustainable?

From Nasa’s experimental X-planes to Google’s airship, there’s plenty of innovation but the emissions-intensive industry has a long way to go Insects may not seem the most obvious problem to tackle when trying to make aviation more sustainable. But avoiding them on takeoff could help cut airlines’ fuel bills and emissions by up to 10%.It’s already an idea that NASA has explored. Last year it tested hi-tech coatings to make dead insects slide off wings, with one design delivering a 40% reduction ...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Climate Change, Environment, Nasa, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Guardian sustainable business, Ethical and green living, Air transport, Carbon footprints


Next Concorde? Nasa kickstarts 'Quesst' for new supersonic passenger jet

Lockheed Martin wins contract to carry out initial design of ‘low-boom’ aircraft that would announce its passing with a soft thump rather than thundering roarNasa has announced a contract award to Lockheed Martin for the preliminary design of a “low-boom” flight demonstration aircraft. Related: New era beckons for supersonic air travel Continue reading...
Tags: Science, World news, Nasa, Air transport, Concorde, Lockheed Martin


The windowless plane set for take-off in a decade

UK developer working on replacing heavy aircraft windows with uber-light smartscreen panels to cut fuel consumption and slash air faresFinally, the flying car may have landedIt is a glimpse into the future that will inspire wonder in some people but perhaps strike terror into the heart of the nervous flyer: a windowless plane that nonetheless allows passengers to see what’s going on outside, as well as checking their email and surfing the net.In a vision of what the next generation of commercial...
Tags: Business, UK, Science, Technology, Television, Technology sector, Air transport, Airline Industry



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