UK removes all African countries from the red list

COVID-19: UK removes all African countries from the red list

British authorities have said they have removed all African countries from the red list, which impose travel bans between those states and the UK after a new variant of the coronavirus is discovered in southern Africa.

The restrictions were first imposed last month in order to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The 11 countries affected are:

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

“Now that there is community transmission of Omicron in the UK and Omicron has spread so widely across the country the travel red list is now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad,” said Sajid Javid, British health minister to the UK’s parliament.

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