Britain will briefly ban flights from six African nations beginning on Friday, as the nation’s well being ministry investigates a brand new variant of the coronavirus.
The nation’s well being secretary, Sajid Javid, didn’t title the nations in a tweet on Thursday. But he stated that the six nations can be added to the nation’s pink checklist, which might require British vacationers coming from these nations to quarantine on arrival.
“More data is needed but we’re taking precautions now,” he stated.
Earlier on Thursday, scientists in South Africa identified a regarding new variant, whose mutations proof a “big jump in evolution.” That variant is driving a spike in new infections there.
Since the onset of the pandemic, plenty of variants have emerged. One underlying concern about new variants is whether or not they are going to stymie progress towards the pandemic or whether or not they are going to restrict the vaccine’s effectiveness.
Only weeks in the past, Britain announced that it might cease requiring any vacationers to quarantine in government-designated motels, eradicating the final seven nations from its “red list” for coronavirus danger.
That change ended restrictions on passengers arriving from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
Since then, Mr. Javid stated that the federal government would proceed to reserve plenty of rooms in motels “on standby,” in case quarantine necessities wanted to be reinstated.