France suspends all flights to and from Brazil due to COVID variant

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Medical workers prepare to test passengers as they arrive at Nice Cote d'Azur Airport amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Nice, France, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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PARIS, April 13 (Reuters) - France will suspend all flights to and from Brazil in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus variant first detected there, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said in parliament.

"We take note that the situation is getting worse and we have decided to suspend all flights between France and Brazil until further notice," Castex said.

Several leading French doctors have been calling on the government for days to stop all air traffic with Brazil.

A month ago, Health Minister Olivier Veran said that around 6% of COVID-19 cases in France were from the more contagious variants first found in Brazil and South Africa.

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Reporting by Geert De Clercq; editing by Dominique Vidalon

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