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Norwegian health minister says decision whether to further extend ban will be made on 26 December; UK entrants to France must have negative test; Europe had nearly half world’s weekly deaths

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China’s biggest airline has become the latest company to halt direct flights to and from London after the emergence of a highly infectious new coronavirus strain.

China Southern Airlines will suspend travel from 24 December to 7 January, state radio reported on Wednesday. The airline has been operating a weekly flight between its hub Guangzhou and London.

Bulgaria is set to resume flights from the UK from 10am on Wednesday, the government has announced.

The Balkan country is one of more than 40 nations that suspended travel from the UK amid a new coronavirus strain spreading across the country, closing its borders on Sunday.

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