Britain to Ban Flights From Six African Nations as Variant Identified
Britain will temporarily ban flights from six African countries starting on Friday, as the nation’s health ministry investigates a new variant of the coronavirus.
The nation’s health secretary, Sajid Javid, did not name the countries in a tweet on Thursday. But he said that the six nations will be added to the country’s red list, which would require British travelers coming from those nations to quarantine on arrival.
“More data is needed but we’re taking precautions now,” he said.
Earlier on Thursday, scientists in South Africa identified a concerning new variant, whose mutations evidence a “big jump in evolution.” That variant is driving a spike in new infections there.
Since the onset of the pandemic, a number of variants have emerged. One underlying concern about new variants is whether they will stymie progress against the pandemic or whether they will limit the vaccine’s effectiveness.