UK Bans Entries From South Africa After New COVID-19 Strain Different to UK Variant Found

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Kingdom on Thursday banned entry for passengers touring from South Africa after a second new variant of the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, allegedly originating from South Africa was discovered within the nation, the Department of Transport mentioned.

“From 9am Thursday 24 December 2020, visitors arriving into England who have been in or transited through South Africa in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry and direct flights will be banned. This excludes cargo and freight without passengers. This does not include British and Irish Nationals, visa holders and permanent residents, who will be able to enter but are required to self-isolate for 10 days along with their household,” the assertion mentioned.

According to the UK Department of Health and Social Care, the brand new pressure of COVID-19 was first found at Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa in early October, nevertheless specialists imagine that the brand new mutation might have began spreading as early as late August.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned on Wednesday that the UK had recognized a second new variant of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 chargeable for the COVID-19 illness in two sufferers who had been involved with those that arrived from South Africa.

The information comes after the UK recognized over the weekend a mutated coronavirus pressure that’s 70 p.c extra transmissible than different SARS-CoV-2 virus strains. Many international locations, together with France, Russia and the Netherlands, have since suspended passenger journey to and from the UK in a bid to stop the import of the brand new virus pressure.


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