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In Photos: Flying Between 2 Hotspots, Johannesburg to Paris at a Time of 'Super-Spreader' Coronavirus

Buzz | News18.com | December 23, 2020, 4:09 pm
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 As Britain battles the new coronavirus strain detected in new patients, countries all over the world are bringing in new precautions to arrest the spread of the mutation. With Christmas at the doorstep, travellers day-dream of better times, and the list of departing and arriving flights have been reduced considerably. As such, pale shadow of prior holiday crushes, with less than 100 masked-and-sanitized passengers lining up for a flight from Johannesburg to Paris, hoping it will not be canceled at the last minute. Covid-19 just mutated and many flights from South Africa are being banned. Passengers wait to board their Air France flight to Paris at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport Monday (Photo: AP Jerome/Delay)
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As Britain battles the new coronavirus strain detected in new patients, countries all over the world are bringing in new precautions to arrest the spread of the mutation. With Christmas at the doorstep, travellers day-dream of better times, and the list of departing and arriving flights have been reduced considerably. As such, pale shadow of prior holiday crushes, with less than 100 masked-and-sanitized passengers lining up for a flight from Johannesburg to Paris, hoping it will not be canceled at the last minute. Covid-19 just mutated and many flights from South Africa are being banned. Passengers wait to board their Air France flight to Paris at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport Monday (Photo: AP Jerome/Delay)

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 The security officer pointing the thermometer barely glanced, but wished the traveler a “Happy Holiday.” The luggage wrappers day-dreamed of better times, and the list of departing flights didn’t even fill one video screen.The check-in is effortless. There is no need to show proof of a COVID-19 test. Passengers go through a temperature check as they enter the terminal at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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The security officer pointing the thermometer barely glanced, but wished the traveler a “Happy Holiday.” The luggage wrappers day-dreamed of better times, and the list of departing flights didn’t even fill one video screen.The check-in is effortless. There is no need to show proof of a COVID-19 test. Passengers go through a temperature check as they enter the terminal at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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 Normally, Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport is packed solid this time of year. Usually, travelers pushing trolleys of oversized luggage snake through lines to the check-in counters, followed by more long lines for security and again for immigration. Even the business lounges are overcrowded. But, not this Christmas. Here, South African health ministry officials are seen collecting tracing forms from international travelers at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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Normally, Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport is packed solid this time of year. Usually, travelers pushing trolleys of oversized luggage snake through lines to the check-in counters, followed by more long lines for security and again for immigration. Even the business lounges are overcrowded. But, not this Christmas. Here, South African health ministry officials are seen collecting tracing forms from international travelers at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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 The international terminal is empty. Most shops are closed, aside from the duty-free (but not profit-free) perfume, alcohol and tobacco store, a sunglasses franchise and a listless electronics shop. Boarding is a breeze, as it should be when a plane is at less than 40% capacity. Less than 100 masked-and-sanitized passengers lining up for a flight from Johannesburg to Paris, hoping it will not be canceled at the last minute. Here, a hand sanitizing pump stands in the middle of a near empty departure terminal. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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The international terminal is empty. Most shops are closed, aside from the duty-free (but not profit-free) perfume, alcohol and tobacco store, a sunglasses franchise and a listless electronics shop. Boarding is a breeze, as it should be when a plane is at less than 40% capacity. Less than 100 masked-and-sanitized passengers lining up for a flight from Johannesburg to Paris, hoping it will not be canceled at the last minute. Here, a hand sanitizing pump stands in the middle of a near empty departure terminal. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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 Passengers wearing designer cloth masks are politely requested to take them off and wear the not-so-trendy yet universally acknowledged as effective light blue surgical mask.<br />Here, passengers board an Air France flight bound for Paris and take seats inside the aircraft. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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Passengers wearing designer cloth masks are politely requested to take them off and wear the not-so-trendy yet universally acknowledged as effective light blue surgical mask.
Here, passengers board an Air France flight bound for Paris and take seats inside the aircraft. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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 Ten hours later, after a smooth flight over the African continent in the dark of night, the 15-year-old Boeing 777 touched down in a typical winter mist at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport.. An Air France flight bound for Paris, France, takes off from Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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Ten hours later, after a smooth flight over the African continent in the dark of night, the 15-year-old Boeing 777 touched down in a typical winter mist at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport.. An Air France flight bound for Paris, France, takes off from Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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 In paris, despite the very early hour, hundreds line up at the transit desk. With London, a popular European transit hub, being a no-go-zone for many, travelers reverted to Paris or Frankfurt as their European transit point. For those whose final destination is Paris, passengers are triaged for immigration, depending on their flight’s origin. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required but social distances are not necessarily observed.. Arriving and departing passengers use the train link between two terminals at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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In paris, despite the very early hour, hundreds line up at the transit desk. With London, a popular European transit hub, being a no-go-zone for many, travelers reverted to Paris or Frankfurt as their European transit point. For those whose final destination is Paris, passengers are triaged for immigration, depending on their flight’s origin. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required but social distances are not necessarily observed.. Arriving and departing passengers use the train link between two terminals at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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 Curbside, it is raining, dark, and the cab driver is inaudible, for there is a thick plastic sheet separating him from the passengers. It is now past 6 a.m. and the curfew has been lifted over Paris — the highways are packed.. A taxi driver takes passengers to their destination in Paris after they arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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Curbside, it is raining, dark, and the cab driver is inaudible, for there is a thick plastic sheet separating him from the passengers. It is now past 6 a.m. and the curfew has been lifted over Paris — the highways are packed.. A taxi driver takes passengers to their destination in Paris after they arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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