COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert
The UK Department of Health said the two cases found in the UK were linked and involved travel from southern Africa. One of the two new cases was in the town of Brentwood, in the south-east of England, while the other was in the central city of Nottingham. The two confirmed cases are self-isolating with their households during contact tracing and targeted testing.
The UK government has also added four more countries, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, to the country’s travel red list from Sunday. Six more Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe were added on Friday. This means that anyone allowed to arrive from these destinations will have to self-quarantine.
Many countries have placed restrictions on various Southern African countries over the past two days, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, the European Union, Iran, Japan, Thailand and the United States. United, in response to warnings about the transferability of the new variant. This goes against the advice of the World Health Organization, which has warned against overreacting before the variant is studied in depth.
Despite the flight ban, there is growing concern that the variant has already been widely used around the world.