Guyana stops mail to United Kingdom, amid rapid spread of new COVID variant – Demerara Waves Online News- Guyana

Last updated on Monday, 21 December 2020, 16:43 by Denis Chabrol

Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) announced on Monday that it has suspended postal service to the United Kingdom (UK), following growing global fears about the rapid spread of a new variant of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

“Customers sending letters and parcels to London are asked to note that all emails to this destination have been suspended until further notice,” Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) said in a statement short.

The state-owned postal service said it would continue to monitor the situation globally and “make the necessary adjustments to our service. ”

GPOC said it regretted the inconvenience caused and would update its customers on its website and on its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

The BBC reports that the new variant is said to be up to 70% more transferable, but there is no evidence that it is more lethal. There is also no test to suggest that it responds differently to vaccines.

The emergence of the new variant has triggered travel bans to the UK from a number of countries.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said earlier that the new variant was “out of control”, while Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands announced they had already found it. Following the discovery of a case in Denmark, neighboring Sweden banned all foreign travelers from there, the BBC reported.