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UK removes Nigeria, 10 other countries from red list

THE British government has said that all 11 countries it had earlier put on its travel red list over Covid-19 Omicron, will be removed from the list from 4am on Wednesday.

 

Countries like Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are on the list.

 

The red list was reintroduced in late November as a precaution after the emergence of the Omicron variant.

 

But Health Secretary Sajid Javid said it had spread so widely the rules no longer had much purpose.

 

“Now that there is community transmission of Omicron in the UK and Omicron has spread so widely across the world, the travel red list is now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad,” he told parliament.

 

“Whilst we will maintain our temporary testing measures for international travel we will be removing all 11 countries from the travel red list effective from 4am tomorrow morning.”

 

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