The United Kingdom on Saturday 4th December, announced the suspension of travels to and from Nigeria till further notice due to the emergence of Covid-19 variant known as Omicron.
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The British Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid, revealed this on Saturday, in an announcement which reads;
“From 0400 on Monday 6 December, Nigeria will be added to the red list for entering England,” Following the latest development, all international arrivals to the UK will now be required to take pre-departure COVID-19 tests.
UK citizens and residents will be able to enter the country from Nigeria but they will have to pay to stay in a quarantine for 10 days.
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“Nigeria is second only to South Africa for cases linked to Omicron,” and there are already “27 cases already in England and that’s growing”.
Javid also said the measures are “hugely unfortunate” for people who already had travel plans, but insisted that they would be “temporary”.
“We want to remove them as soon as we possibly can,” he added, saying that “vaccines remain our first line of defence”.