UK removes all African countries from “red list”

London, United Kingdom: The United Kingdom government announced to lift all travel restrictions from 11 different countries after Omicron variant was discovered. Health Secretary Sajid Javid informed parliament that because there is now community transmission of Omicron in Britain, the British government will remove all 11 nations off its COVID-19 travel red list as of Wednesday.

Southern Africa and Hong Kong were the first places where the novel Omicron variant was discovered. From late November, the British government added 11 African countries to its red list, requiring only UK citizens or residents travelling from those countries to be quarantined at a hotel.

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“Now that there is community transmission of Omicron in the UK and Omicron has spread so widely over the world,” Javid added, “the travel red list is less helpful in preventing Omicron incursion from abroad.”

“Effective at 4 a.m. tomorrow morning, we will remove all 11 nations from the travel red list.”

According to preliminary evidence from South Africa, the Omicron version of Covid-19 may cause less serious infections than previous variants that affected the country.

The research of participants who had received the Pfizer vaccine indicated that it continued to protect them from being admitted to the hospital due to Omicron. Those who had two doses were 70% less likely to require treatment than those who had not been immunised.

This study by Discovery Health, a private health insurer, is the first to look at the impact of immunizations against the Omicron variant in real time. However, the studies are yet to be confirmed.

Covid-19 instances have recently increased in South Africa, which has been connected to it.

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The majority of patients, according to South African scientists, suffer lesser variants of the sickness and recover in three days.

Pfizer announced last week that a booster shot of their vaccine could be just as effective against the new type.

The World Health Organization, on the other hand, claims that current immunizations are still effective in preventing severe cases.