UK To Ban Travel From 6 Nations As South Africa Detects New Covid Variant

source: google
13

> Britain on Thursday said it would ban travel from six southern African countries, after South Africa detected a new Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations. "The early indication we have of this variant is it may be more transmissible than the Delta variant and the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective against it," Health Secretary Sajid Javid said. Javid said the new variant, which South Africa attributed to a surge in cases and had also been detected in travellers from the country in Botswana and Hong Kong, had not been found so far in Britain. But he said British scientists were "deeply concerned" and as a precaution a decision had been to suspend all flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana from 1200 GMT on Friday. "We will be requiring anyone that arrives from those countries from 4:00 am on Sunday to quarantine in hotels," he added. "If anyone arrives before then they should self-isolate at home and take a PCR test on day two and day eight. "And if anyone has arrived from any of those countries over the last 10 days, we would ask them to take PCR tests." Britain has been among the hardest hit by Covid-19, with some 144,000 deaths since the start of the outbreak early last year. Positive cases remain stubbornly high -- more than 47,000 were recorded in a 24-hour period to Thursday -- but more than 80 per cent of people aged 12 and over have been double-jabbed with a vaccine. Nearly 29 per cent have received a third booster dose, as part of a government drive to ease pressure on hard-pressed health services during the winter months, when other seasonal respiratory infections are high. Britain's government was widely criticised for its travel and quarantine policy earlier in the pandemic, when it kept its borders open to foreign travellers even as infection rates spiralled.

NB: Stories are shared by community members. The article does NOT represent the official view of NaijaWorld and the author is SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for this article
Comments

Use The App To Win N1m
Related Stories
thumbnail
Bua Owner Donates N2.5bn To Asr Mother And Child Hospital In Ogun
9 h
thumbnail
Baba Suwe: Exit Of A Comic Legend
44 m
thumbnail
SEASON OF SNAKES; 9 Ways To Prevents Snake From Entering Your Water Closets
21 h
thumbnail
Dealing With Low Self-estimate In Relationships
4 h
thumbnail
Don Jazzy And Daddy Celebrate Birthday With Lovely Pictures
23 h
thumbnail
Omicron: WHO Names New COVID Variant, Designates It A Variant Of Concern
8 h
thumbnail
List Of Countries That Have Banned SA Over New Covid Variant
7 h
thumbnail
Environmental Pollution: Love Canal Toxic Waste Incident 
8 h
thumbnail
10 Ways Snakes Enter Into Washrooms Or WC And How To Prevent It Successfully
6 h
thumbnail
Prayer For Fear And Worry
9 h
thumbnail
Abdul Samad Rabiu’s ASR Africa Boosts Ogun Health System With 2.5bil Grant
10 h
thumbnail
South Africa Blasts UK For Hasty Covid Travel Ban
13 h
thumbnail
Dental Conditions That Can Cause Bleeding Gums In Cameroon
14 h
thumbnail
Sen. Okorocha's Son, Amen Celebrates Birthday With Praise, Worship In Chapel
1 d
thumbnail
Why Do I Feel Pain During My Period?
18 h
thumbnail
How To Prevent Snakes From Entering Into The Toilet
19 h
thumbnail
FCMB Founder, Balogun, Hands Over N5bn Paediatrics Centre To UI, UCH Https://tri
21 h
thumbnail
Hon. Kalu Distributes Items Worth Millions Of Naira To Healthcare Centre In
18 h
thumbnail
Covid: New Heavily Mutated Variant B.1.1.529 In South Africa Raises Concern
22 h
thumbnail
Top 5 Foods To Help Lose Weight Naturally
1 d
Related Stories
thumbnail
Bua Owner Donates N2.5bn To Asr Mother And Child Hospital In Ogun
9 h
thumbnail
Baba Suwe: Exit Of A Comic Legend
44 m
thumbnail
SEASON OF SNAKES; 9 Ways To Prevents Snake From Entering Your Water Closets
21 h
thumbnail
Dealing With Low Self-estimate In Relationships
4 h
thumbnail
Don Jazzy And Daddy Celebrate Birthday With Lovely Pictures
23 h
thumbnail
Omicron: WHO Names New COVID Variant, Designates It A Variant Of Concern
8 h
thumbnail
List Of Countries That Have Banned SA Over New Covid Variant
7 h
thumbnail
Environmental Pollution: Love Canal Toxic Waste Incident 
8 h
thumbnail
10 Ways Snakes Enter Into Washrooms Or WC And How To Prevent It Successfully
6 h
thumbnail
Prayer For Fear And Worry
9 h
thumbnail
Abdul Samad Rabiu’s ASR Africa Boosts Ogun Health System With 2.5bil Grant
10 h
thumbnail
South Africa Blasts UK For Hasty Covid Travel Ban
13 h
thumbnail
Dental Conditions That Can Cause Bleeding Gums In Cameroon
14 h
thumbnail
Sen. Okorocha's Son, Amen Celebrates Birthday With Praise, Worship In Chapel
1 d
thumbnail
Why Do I Feel Pain During My Period?
18 h
thumbnail
How To Prevent Snakes From Entering Into The Toilet
19 h
thumbnail
FCMB Founder, Balogun, Hands Over N5bn Paediatrics Centre To UI, UCH Https://tri
21 h
thumbnail
Hon. Kalu Distributes Items Worth Millions Of Naira To Healthcare Centre In
18 h
thumbnail
Covid: New Heavily Mutated Variant B.1.1.529 In South Africa Raises Concern
22 h
thumbnail
Top 5 Foods To Help Lose Weight Naturally
1 d