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England imposes new Africa Covid travel restrictions

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 26th November, 2021 10:59:54 AM
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England imposes new Africa Covid travel restrictions

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Travellers arriving in England from several southern African countries will have to quarantine amid warnings over a new coronavirus variant.

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said from 12:00 GMT on Friday six countries would be added to the red list, with flights being temporarily banned, BBC reported.

One expert described the variant, known as B.1.1.529, as "the worst one we've seen so far."

No cases have been confirmed in the UK.

Only 59 confirmed cases have been identified in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana so far.

All flights from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini are being suspended.

Any British or Irish resident arriving from the countries after 04:00 on Sunday will have to quarantine in a hotel, with those returning before that being asked to isolate at home.