Sumary of ‘The worst COVID variant we’ve seen so far’: UK adding six countries to red list from noon today:
- Britain is bringing in travel restrictions for six African countries due to a new COVID variant that UK experts have called the “worst one we’ve seen so far”.
- Health Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: “UKHSA (UK Health Security Agency) is investigating a new variant.
- South African COVID expert ‘expects’ new variant is already in UK – live updates”Six African countries will be added to the red list, flights will be temporarily banned, and UK travellers must quarantine.
- ” Flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will be suspended from 12pm today until 4am on Sunday.
- 1.1.529 variant identified in South Africa “may be more transmissible” than the Delta strain – and warned “the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective”.
- The UKHSA says it is the “worst one we’ve seen so far” and has a spike protein that is “dramatically” different to the original COVID strain.
- Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 2:24 ‘Our scientists are deeply concerned’: Javid Scotland and Northern Ireland have said they are also introducing the new rules.
- About 500 to 700 people are travelling to the UK from South Africa each day at the moment, but it is expected this figure could increase in the run up to Christmas.