The UK will remove Nigeria and ten other countries, including South Africa, from a red list on Wednesday as a result of the outbreak and spread of Coronavirus’ new variant, Omicron.
Nigeria was added to the UK’s red list of countries where non-British citizens were not allowed to fly into on December 5.
After the government agreed that Omicron was now a global issue, the decision to remove Nigeria and others from the red list was made.
Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, also said the Omicron variant “has spread so widely across the world” that the travel red list is now “less effective” in a speech to the UK parliament on Tuesday.
Sebastian Payne, a British journalist, also tweeted on Tuesday, “UK empties the red list.” Officials from the Whitehall have confirmed that the 11 countries (including South Africa) will be relocated starting at 4 a.m. tomorrow. The Covid-O meeting is coming up soon. Minister accepts that the spread of Omicron renders restrictions obsolete.
Officials from the Whitehall have confirmed that the 11 countries (including South Africa) will be removed as of 4 a.m. tomorrow. The Covid-O meeting is coming up soon.
Ministers acknowledge that the spread of omicron renders restrictions obsolete.
Following concerns about the Omicron variant, the United Kingdom added Nigeria to its travel blacklist last week.
According to Catriona Laing, the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos, the UK made the decision to protect the public health of its citizens while the government tries to understand the new variant.