New travel restrictions are set to be imposed in the UK tomorrow due to concerns over a new variant of COVID-19.
In a tweet on Thursday evening, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said;
“@UKHSA is investigating a new variant. More data is needed but we’re taking precautions now.
“From noon tomorrow six African countries will be added to the red list, flights will be temporarily banned, and UK travellers must quarantine.”
The new variant, B.1.1.529, was identified in South Africa and it is thought it may be more transmissible than the Delta variant of COVID-19 and potentially make vaccines less effective.
Only a small number of cases of the variant have been identified to date, most of which have been in South Africa. No cases of the variant have been confirmed in the UK.