British Health Minister Sajid Javed has said that all flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Ezwatini (formerly Swaziland), Zimbabwe and Botswana will be grounded from 1pm due to preventive measures and “deep concerns” about the new variant of the virus.
“We have to isolate the hotel from all people coming from these countries from 04:00 on Sunday.” Said Javed. He said those arriving in the UK before the deadline should be isolated at home and subjected to PCR testing on the second and eighth days after arrival. “If anyone has come from any of these countries in the last ten days, we will ask them to go for a PCR test.” Said.
More contagious than delta
“The data we have so far on this variant show that it may be more contagious than the delta variant, and the vaccines we currently have may be less effective against it.” Javed warned. According to him, this variation has not yet occurred in Britain.
The new variant, which has led to the current increase in the number of victims in South Africa, has already been spotted in Botswana and Hong Kong among travelers coming from this country. He was awarded the scientific degree of B.1.1.529 and will be awarded the Greek title by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, according to virologist Tulia de Oliveira. Sky News reports that this variant contains 30 mutations, more than twice the delta variant.
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Variation is closely monitored
The WHO has announced that it is “closely monitoring” this option, and is expected to convene a technical meeting on Friday to decide whether it should be classified as an “interest” or “concern” option.
The AFP recalls that the British government faced criticism for opening the border to foreign travelers despite the high number of victims during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Britain is one of the most affected countries – about 144,000 people have been infected with the corona virus since the outbreak. On Thursday, they said more than 47,000 people were affected daily. More than 80 percent of people over the age of 12 in the country are already fully vaccinated, and nearly 29 percent have received a third dose.
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