在新的 Covid 变种恐慌中,南非将被列入红色名单

在新的 Covid 变种恐慌中,南非将被列入红色名单
Travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will see new restrictions imposed

南非 is to be added to England’s 旅行红名单’ after scientists raised the alarm over a new 冠状病毒病-19 variant described as the “worst one we’ve seen so far”.

Flights from the popular tourist destination will be suspended from midday on Friday, 萨吉德·贾维德, the health secretary said.

Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will also see flight connections to England suspended and all five countries will be added to the red list.

UK scientists sounded the alarm on Thursday night over the B.1.1.529 variant, which has the potential to evade immunity built up by vaccination or prior infection.

While no cases have been found in Britain, officials raised concern over a rapid rise in cases in South Africa.

At the moment around 500 和 700 people are travelling to the UK from South Africa each day, but it is expected this figure could increase as the festive period begins.

The variant has not yet been given the title “variant of concern” in the UK, but one senior UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) expert said: “This is the worst variant we have seen so far.”

仅有的 59 confirmed cases have been identified in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana.

The variant has over 30 mutationsaround twice as many as the Delta variantwhich could potentially make it more transmissible and evade the protection given by prior infection or vaccination.

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