LONDON (AP)-Due to concerns about the spread of a variant of the omicron coronavirus, the British government tightened travel restrictions on Saturday, stating that all passengers arriving in the UK will be tested for COVID-19 before boarding.
Health Minister Sajid Javid (Sajid Javid) said that the new regulations will be implemented from 4 a.m. London time on Tuesday.
“Based on the latest data, we are taking further action to slow the invasion of omicron variants,” he said in a tweet.
Javid also added Nigeria to the UK’s travel “red list”, which means that except for residents of the United Kingdom and Ireland, entry from there will be prohibited, and these travelers must be quarantined in designated quarantine facilities. He said there were “a large number” of omicron cases related to travel in Nigeria, with 27 recorded in England.
Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, said the new measures will create a “major deterrent” to travel, just as airports and the tourism industry hope to improve slightly during the holiday season.
“This is a devastating blow to the aviation and tourism industry,” she said
As of Saturday, the authorities had recorded another 42,848 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the UK, and another 127 deaths. There are more than 145,000 COVID-19 deaths in the UK in the pandemic, the second highest number of deaths from the virus in Europe after Russia.
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