Russia extends ban on UK flights till March 16 over coronavirus variant

FILE PHOTO: Planes are seen parked at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has extended a ban on flights to and from Britain until the end of March 16 due to a new variant of the coronavirus first detected in the UK, Russia's coronavirus taskforce said on Tuesday.

Russia, which has already reported a case of the more infectious coronavirus variant, has had the flight ban in place since Dec. 22.

(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov and Alexander Marrow; Editing by Gareth Jones)