Travel red list to return as concern mounts over new Covid variant in South Africa

Travel red list to return as concern mounts over new Covid variant in South Africa

South Africa is joining the travel red list from noon on Friday amid widespread concern over a new Covid-19 variant that has been detected in the country. Neighbouring Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Lesotho will also be red-listed with flights temporarily banned. The move marks a return to travel restrictions with anyone flying to the newly-red listed nations forced to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine on their return to the UK, with a £10,000 penalty for those flouting the rules. The red list was scrapped earlier this month when all countries were taken off the list. People who have recently arrived from South Africa will shortly be offered a free test in an attempt to detect any imported cases. There are currently between 500 and 700 people …
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