FACTS

    It has been reported that Britain is experiencing a new “mutant” strain of Covid-19 which is said to be 70% more contagious, but no more deadly than before. As a result, at least 50 nations, including the Netherlands, France, Canada, and Hong Kong, have temporarily closed their borders to those traveling from the UK. The UK has since issued “Tier 4” restrictions, which include the closure of many businesses, a strict stay-home order, and a ban on gathering with anyone outside of your household.

    LEFT

    The Left believes travel restrictions from the UK are appropriate and necessary to halt the spread of the mutated virus. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo chided the federal US government for their “gross negligence” in not enacting flight restrictions and said he is working with airlines to do so for the state of New York. “Unless you stop the virus everywhere, you don’t stop the virus anywhere…I can’t protect New Yorkers unless we protect the entire country.” Regional Director of the World Health Organization Hans Kluge seconded this, saying that it was “prudent” to limit travel for the time being and stating, “No one is safe until everyone is safe.”

    “The prime minister’s sudden announcement that the new strain was 70 per cent more transmissible than the original virus, and the health secretary’s dire warning of rampant infections, left governments abroad with no choice but to close doors as an emergency measure.”

    Kim Sengupta, Defense and Security Editor for The Independent

    However, top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci recommended a careful watch of the situation but disagreed that a ban on travel from the UK was necessary.

    RIGHT

    The Right believes there doesn’t seem to be much cause for concern. Some on the Right balked at the news, arguing it is simply a move to “justify yet more restrictions.” Referring to the mutant virus strain, Richie Allen, a top independent radio host in Europe, tweeted, “Every so called journalist on UK television and radio should be tearing government representatives to pieces this morning, [because] there is NO evidence. It’s another monstrous lie. But as usual, the media is just repeating.”

    “And so it begins: early allergic reactions to covid vaccines, interminable lockdowns even with the vaccines being discussed in the UK and a new mutated strain emerging. All this to decrease the mortality rate from 1% to 0.5%. We have never seen a virus politicized like this.”

    John Mappin, Media Owner and International Investor

    American economist Brian Wesbury noted, “I’m not denying that a new strain of COVID exists in the UK. But how did they find it? Why do they think the vaccine will still work for the new strain? I’m just amazed that every time we see light at the end of the tunnel, someone finds new reasons for lockdowns.”

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