six countries in southern africa will be included in Red list for UK travel restrictions After scientists alerted about the emergence in South Africa what is believed to be Worst COVID-19 variant ever identified.
British Minister of Health and Welfare, Sajid Javid announced that, when he studies this version, travel to six African countries will stop from Friday afternoon, and British travelers returning from those destinations will have to quarantine.
Also, as reported on Thursday Guardian, Hundreds of recent UK arrivals from South Africa will be tracked and tested, in an effort to prevent the introduction of the strain identified as B.1.1.
they fear that More permeable and has the power to evade immunity.
Official sources said that this new variant has been picked up. “A potentially significant threat to the vaccination program that we want to avoid at all costs.” As of now, no cases of this type of COVID-19 have been detected in the United Kingdom.
Israel has made a similar decision, declaring that prohibits its citizens from traveling to southern Africa and prohibits the entry of foreigners from the region, Debating the discovery of a newer version of COVID.
South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland It was added to Israel’s “red” or high-risk travel list, reflecting the coronavirus infection rate abroad.
The variant, which was identified on Tuesday, raised concerns because it has an “extremely high number” of mutations, meaning that The spike protein now looks dramatically different from the version for which the vaccines were designed.
The latest data presented by South African scientists on Thursday showed that The variant also appears to be more permeable and is already present in provinces across the country.
coronavirus It tends to evolve as it spreads, and many new forms, including worrying mutations, often disappear on their own.
in between, A new version has also been found in Botswana and Hong Kong. Travelers to South Africa. Technical Working Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet on Friday to evaluate the new version and decide whether to give it a name from the Greek alphabet.