South Korea decided on Wednesday to extend the suspension of direct flights from Britain for two more weeks to block a more transmissible coronavirus variant first detected in the European country. Health authorities have confirmed a total of 11 cases of the new strain, most recently two cases Tuesday, and one case of a separate variant spreading in South Africa, Yonhap news agency reported.Also Read - Korean Air To Restore Flights To 50 Percent Of Pre-Covid Levels

“The ban on flights from Britain has been extended for two weeks until January 21,” the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said. The flight ban was initially imposed on December 23 until the end of the year and was extended on December 28 until Thursday. South Korea reported 840 more Covid-19 cases Wednesday, including 809 local infections, raising the total caseload to 65,818. Also Read - Britain Witnesses 23% rise in COVID-19 Cases, London A Hotspot

The daily cases stayed below 1,000 for the second consecutive day amid signs of a slowdown, while nursing homes and churches continued to be hot spots for virus outbreaks despite extended virus curbs. Also Read - South Korea Launches First Satellite With Homegrown Rocket