Britain will briefly ban flights from six African nations beginning on Friday, because the nation’s well being ministry investigates a brand new variant of the coronavirus.
The nation’s well being secretary, Sajid Javid, didn’t identify the nations in a tweet on Thursday. However he stated that the six nations shall be added to the nation’s pink checklist, which might require British vacationers coming from these nations to quarantine on arrival.
“Extra information is required however we’re taking precautions now,” he stated.
Earlier on Thursday, scientists in South Africa recognized a regarding new variant, whose mutations proof a “large bounce in evolution.” That variant is driving a spike in new infections there.
Because the onset of the pandemic, quite a few variants have emerged. One underlying concern about new variants is whether or not they’ll stymie progress in opposition to the pandemic or whether or not they’ll restrict the vaccine’s effectiveness.
Solely weeks in the past, Britain introduced that it will cease requiring any vacationers to quarantine in government-designated motels, eradicating the final seven nations from its “pink checklist” for coronavirus threat.
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 order quite a few rooms in motels “on standby,” in case quarantine necessities wanted to be reinstated.