Britain added seven international locations, together with Egypt and Sri Lanka, to its “pink record” of locations that require lodge quarantine on return to England on Thursday, in a overview that additionally noticed Portugal transfer from “inexperienced” to “amber”.
Britain added seven international locations — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad and Tobago — to its “pink record” of locations with extreme COVID-19 outbreaks.
All however important journey to pink record international locations is barred, and U.Ok. residents coming back from any of them should spend 10 days in a government-approved quarantine lodge.
No international locations have been added to the quarantine-free inexperienced record.
The complete record of nations added to the “pink record” is: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Britain mentioned that it’s eradicating Portugal from its record of COVID-safe journey locations, which means 1000’s of U.Ok. residents presently on trip there face the prospect of 10 days’ quarantine on return.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps mentioned the “tough determination” was prompted by rising an infection charges in Portugal and worries about new variations of the coronavirus that would show proof against vaccines. He mentioned a mutation of the delta variant first recognized in India was inflicting explicit concern.
He mentioned “there’s a type of Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant which has been detected and we simply don’t know the potential for that to be a vaccine-defeating mutation and easily don’t need to take the danger as we come as much as June 21” — the date the U.Ok. authorities hopes to raise remaining coronavirus restrictions.
The U.Ok. has recorded nearly 128,000 coronavirus deaths, the very best toll in Europe. A mass vaccination marketing campaign that began in December has given two doses of vaccine to greater than half the grownup inhabitants and introduced new infections and deaths down sharply.
However case numbers are as soon as once more rising because the extra transmissible delta variant spreads throughout the U.Ok.