The UK has removed all 11 countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Malawi, Lesotho, Eswatini, Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia from it’s Red List.
The Red List was put in place in November to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of the covid-19 virus. The Red List limited travel operations from 11 African countries that had recorded Omicron infections.
After much criticism and diplomatic efforts, the UK has scrapped the red list. UK Health Secretary, Sajid Javid said the Omicron variant has spread so widely across the world and is already at the community transmission stage in the UK. Hence the red list is no longer needed.
The Red List became ineffective at 4 am UK time on Wednesday the 15th of December.
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