UK and Israel impose restrictions over new COVID-19 strain from Africa

Nov 25, 2021

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

A new strain of COVID-19 has both the U.K. and Israel imposing new restrictions on travel.

The United Kingdom is banning flights from six African nations and adding those nations to their “red list,” on fears over the new COVID-19 variant. The news was first reported by the BBC.

U.K. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are banned beginning Friday Nov. 26.

Javid said while scientists still needed to know more, health officials were worried about the new strain of coronavirus now being found in South Africa and a few other African nations.

The new strain is being called the B.1.1.529 variant. The Wall Street Journal reporting the World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to decide wether or not to declare the new strain a so-called “variant of concern.”

The new strain reportedly has more than 30 mutations. It first showed up in Botswana, but already there are reports of dozens of cases in South Africa and there is even a case in Hong Kong. The person in Hong Kong recently returned from a trip to South Africa.

There are no cases reported in the United Kingdom.

South African officials say it appears to spread more rapidly than previous strains.

Javid saying, “And that would suggest that it may well be more transmissible and the current vaccines that we have may well be less effective.”

According to the Guardian, health officials in the U.K. will track down passengers who’ve returned from anywhere in Southern Africa and they will be offered tests to make sure they haven’t brought the new strain. U.K. officials are also reportedly further measures including considering requiring all incoming passengers to submit to PCR tests on arrival.

Israel has also banned arrivals from the same six African nations plus Mozambique, and is banning its citizens from visiting those same countries.

There’s been no comment so far from the Centers for Disease Control in the U.S.

Featured image by by Joseph Okpako/Getty Images.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants in the first three months of card membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.