The Government has moved quickly tonight in response to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa.
It is thought that this variant may be able to bypass existing covid vaccines due to the number and type of mutations identified, as well as transmitting more easily than the Delta version.
Flights from six countries in Southern Africa will be banned from noon on Friday.
These countries are:
- South Africa
In addition, ‘Red List’ hotel quarantine will be reintroduced for anyone arriving in the UK who has been in any of the countries above in the previous 10 days.
Travellers who have arrived from these countries in recent days will also be contacted for testing.
gov.uk has not yet been updated to reflect these changes.
More details can be found on the BBC website here.