Britain: a ban on flights from 6 African countries amid growing fears of the Corona variable

12:42 AM

Friday 26 November 2021

London – (AA):

British Health Minister Sajid Javid announced Thursday evening the suspension of flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe, starting from midday tomorrow, Friday, noting that these countries will be added to the red list.

And the British newspaper, “Evening Standard”, quoted some experts, after the emergence of a new type of Covid, that it was “the worst we have seen so far.”

Health Minister Sajid Javid said the new variant identified in South Africa “may be more transmissible” than the Delta strain. “The vaccines we currently have may be less effective,” Health Minister Sajid Javid said.

Scientists sounded the alarm this evening, Thursday, about the B.1.1.529 variant, which has the ability to evade immunity built up by vaccination or previous infection.

While no cases have been found in Britain, officials have raised concerns about the rapid rise in cases in South Africa.

People who have arrived from these six countries in the last 10 days will be invited to take a test.

The variant has yet to be given a nickname in the UK, but a senior NHS expert said: “This is the worst variant we’ve seen so far.”

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