UK bans travel to South Africa over new Covid variant

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The UK government has placed South Africa and five other countries onto its travel 'red list' following the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant in Southern Africa.
The UK government has placed South Africa and five other countries onto its much-maligned travel 'red list' following the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant in Southern Africa.

UK health Secretary Sajid Javid said that from noon on Friday (12h00, 26 November), flights to and from the countries will be temporarily banned. Any UK nationals arriving from the specified countries will have to quarantine.

The decision comes off the back of a new Covid variant emerging in countries such as Botswana and South Africa, which exhibits an 'alarming' number of mutations.

The variant, designated as B.1.1.529 by the WHO, has sparked concerns about its transmissibility, severity and potential vaccine resistance.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) issued an alert on Thursday (25 November), confirming that the variant has been detected in many cases in the country, with more to be confirmed as sequencing results come out.

It appears to be the main driver of a spike of infections in and around Gauteng, with local health officials speculating that it may…
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