London | South Africa and 10 other African nations have been removed from the UK’s so-called “red list” for travel.
In late November, scientists in South Africa and other southern African countries discovered a novel Omicron variation and shared their findings with the rest of the world.
Many other countries quickly followed suit in an effort to stop the spread of the new version of the disease. However, in the weeks after the bans, the Omicron variation was found in individuals around the world who had no connection to South Africa or any of the other countries.
There were a number of countries on the list that the UK had singled out for special attention. These countries will no longer be included in the list.
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid has apparently admitted that the Omicron type has spread so broadly that the travel prohibitions serve no useful purpose. “
As the development of Omicron has extended over the world, the travel red list is no longer as efficient at stopping the spread of the disease, he told parliament, as quoted by the BBC.
All 11 nations on the travel red list will be removed as of 4 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, December 15), while we maintain our temporary testing procedures for foreign travel.
People presently in the statutory 10-day quarantine could be released earlier and possibly reimbursed for their expenses by Sajid.
The tourism sector as well as medical professionals and researchers strongly objected to the travel bans placed on South Africa and other countries. World Health Organization and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa disagreed with the prohibition, saying it was needless and ill-advised.
Local companies and tourism groups, on the other hand, were devastated by the widespread cancellation of flights and hotel reservations, which set up a grim holiday season for an economy already hammered by a 2020 closure.
International Relations and Cooperation hailed the decision to ease the prohibition on travel to the country