Health Secretary Sajid Javed said all flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana would be grounded from Friday.
The United Kingdom on Thursday announced a ban on entry for travelers from six African countries following the discovery of a new variant of the South African Covit-19. All flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana will be grounded from 12:00 GMT on Friday, Health Secretary Sajid Javed said.
“The first signs of this variant may be more contagious than the delta variant and the vaccines we currently have may be less effective.”, Sajid Javed added. According to him, British scientists “Very worried” With this variation, the reason for the recent increase in cases registered in South Africa and also found in travelers coming from Botswana or Hong Kong. However, no case has been registered in Great Britain.
“We request that anyone coming from these countries be isolated in hotels from 4:00 pm on Sunday.”, Sajid Javed said those who come before this date should isolate themselves and undergo two PCR tests on the second and eighth day of their imprisonment. “If anyone comes from these countries in the last ten days, we will ask them to do a PCR test.”, He added. With 144,000 deaths since the outbreak, Britain is one of the countries hardest hit by Govt-19.
The number of cases is high – more than 47,000 in the last 24 hours on Thursday – but more than 80% of those aged 12 and over have received a double dose of the vaccine, with nearly 30% receiving a third dose. The UK government has been widely criticized for being slow to tighten travel restrictions at the onset of the epidemic, which has kept its borders open as infection rates have risen.
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