UK: 6 Restricted African Countries due to New Covid 19 Variant
From the discovery of a new variant of the Covid-19 by South African scientists, the United Kingdom government has imposed another temporary travel restrictions.
This travel restrictions is mainly on six African countries.
Restricted countries are listed below;
South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, and Eswatini.
Therefore, travellers from these listed nations will not be allowed into the UK from Friday till further notice.
The new coronavirus variant, B.1.1.529, has already recorded 59 cases three days after its discovery.
Infections have been confirmed in South Africa, Hong Kong, and Botswana.
A statement made by UK Health Secretary, Sajid Javid. “The UK Health Security Agency is investigating a new variant. More data is needed but we’re taking precautions now.”
“The restrictions commenced from noon, friday November 26, six African countries will be added to the red list, flights will be temporarily banned, and UK travellers must quarantine.”
“The B.1.1.529 variant could be the most lethal and worrying yet. This is because of its awful spike mutation profile which scientists fear could help it evade immunity. Early reports suggest it is capable of reducing vaccine efficiency to just 30 per cent.
And currently, most countries is experiencing increase in covid patients due to the winter season.
Therefore every travellers should make enough research and get appropriate information before leaving a country to avoid being stranded due to lock down.
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