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Six African countries to be added to red list

Move comes amid concern over new variant

Six African countries – South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini – are to be added to the UK government’s red list amid concern over a new Covid variant.

Sajid Javid, the health secretary, tweeted that all flights from the countries would stop and UK travellers arriving from the six countries would have to quarantine.

“More data is needed but we’re taking precautions now,” Javid tweeted. “From noon tomorrow [Friday] six African countries will be added to the red list, flights will be temporarily banned, and UK travellers must quarantine.”

Arrivals from 4am on Sunday will be required to quarantine in a hotel, with those arriving before then required to quarantine at home and take PCR tests on day two and eight. Those who have arrived in the past 10 days are also being contacted and asked to take a PCR test.

 

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.