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Germany’s health minister calls for ‘massive restrictions of contacts’ now to avoid further measures

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Portugal, which has vaccinated 86% of its population, is reintroducing a series of restrictions as cases in the country continue to rise. On Thursday the prime minister, António Costa, announced that from 1 December, face masks would once again be obligatory in enclosed spaces and that a digital certificate showing vaccination or recovery would need to be shown to enter restaurants, hotels and cinemas. All those entering hospitals, care homes, bars, clubs and sports events will need to show a negative test, while those flying into Portugal from abroad will also need a digital certificate or a negative test result.

Catalonia has become the latest Spanish region to decree that Covid passports are now needed to get into bars, restaurants, gyms and care homes. The passports are also in use in Aragón, the Balearic islands, Galicia, Murcia and Navarre, but their specific use varies between regions.

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Travel and aviation shares tumble over new Covid variant fears

Shares in travel and aviation businesses, including the British Airways owner, IAG, easyJet and the aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce plummeted on Friday over fears that a new coronavirus variant described as potentially the worst so far identified could lead to a new wave of global pandemic restrictions.

The emergence of the variant, which was identified on Tuesday and is feared to be more transmissible and poses a threat to current vaccines, prompted the government to put six southern African countries back on England’s travel red list on Thursday night.

Flights from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini are to be suspended from midday on Friday. Officials are also reviewing a number of travel measures, including whether there should be a limited reintroduction of the use of PCR tests for arrivals.

The news prompted a sharp sell-off of travel stocks on Friday, with IAG, which also owns the airline Iberia, tumbling as much as 14% in early trading.

Read more of Mark Sweney’s report here: Travel and aviation shares tumble over new Covid variant fears

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