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Six countries added to England’s travel red list as experts say new Covid variant is ‘worst we’ve seen so far’

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South Africa is to be added to England’s journey ‘crimson record’ after scientists raised the alarm over a brand new Covid-19 variant described because the “worst one we’ve seen to date”.

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Flights from the favored vacationer vacation spot will likely be suspended from noon on Friday, Sajid Javid, the well being secretary mentioned.

Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe may even see flight connections to England suspended and all 5 nations will likely be added to the crimson record.

UK scientists sounded the alarm on Thursday night time over the B.1.1.529 variant, which has the potential to evade immunity constructed up by vaccination or prior an infection.

Whereas no instances have been present in Britain, officers raised concern over a fast rise in instances in South Africa.

In the mean time round 500 and 700 individuals are travelling to the UK from South Africa every day, however it’s anticipated this determine may improve because the festive interval begins.

The variant has not but been given the title “variant of concern” within the UK, however one senior UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA) skilled mentioned: “That is the worst variant we’ve got seen to date.”

Solely 59 confirmed instances have been recognized in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana.

The variant has over 30 mutations – round twice as many because the Delta variant – which may doubtlessly make it extra transmissible and evade the safety given by prior an infection or vaccination.

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