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Morocco to ban flights to and from UK over rising Covid rates

Morocco is to ban flights to and from the UK because of the latter’s rising number of new coronavirus cases.

Airlines cancelled several flights between the two countries on Wednesday ahead of the suspension coming into effect at 11.59pm.

Latest figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control show that Morocco’s weekly rate of reported cases stood at 10.4 per 100,000 people on 14 October, compared with 445.5 in the UK.

UK cases

EasyJet, which cancelled a flight from Gatwick to Marrakech, told passengers: “As we’ll be unable to fly to Morocco in order to operate any return flights after today, we’ve taken the decision to cancel your flight with us today.”

British Airways cancelled a flight from Heathrow to the same destination.

The ban will affect families in England and Wales who booked half-term holidays in Morocco for next week.

Morocco’s National Office of Airports said the policy would remain in place until further notice. Flights to and from Germany and the Netherlands will also be banned.


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