- The United Kingdom is set to remove Nigeria from a red list over the outbreak of the new variant of Coronavirus called Omicron
- The decision to remove the African countries was reached after the government agreed that Omicron is a global issue
- The UK had announced Nigeria among a red list of countries where travellers except Britons were not allowed to fly in from
Following the review of the travel ban imposed on Nigeria and 10 other nations over the Omicron COVID variant, the United Kingdom authorities have finally decisde to remove the countries.
Daily Trust reports that Sajid Javid, UK Health Secretary, made the announcement on Tuesday, December 14, while briefing the British Parliament.
Recall that the British government included Nigeria in its red list following the discovery of Omicron variant of COVID-19 cases linked to it.
According to Javid, England will remove all 11 countries Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe from the list from 04:00 am on Wednesday, December 15, The Nation added.
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The health secretary explained that the travel red list for countries is no longer working in stopping the spread of new variant.
British High Commissioner reveals why UK added Nigeria to travel red list
Legit.ng previously reported that the high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing explained why the United Kingdom (UK) made the decision to add the country to the travel red list.
According to her, the UK took the decision in order to protect the public health of its people while the government tries to understand the new variant.
She said that the decision will be reviewed at the three-week review point on Monday, December 20.
Travel ban: Lai Mohmmed angry with UK, says action discriminatory against Nigeria
Meanwhile, the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed condemned the travel bans by the UK, Canada, Indonesia, Hong Kong and others.
Lai Mohammed who made this known at a press conference in Abuja, described the travel ban as discriminatory.
Canada banned Nigerian travellers after the detection of the variant in persons who visited Nigeria.