Kenya has been added to United Kingdom’s so-called “red list” amid concerns about the new COVID-19 variant.
In a letter addressed to Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UK says that the decision was met after ministers met on March 31 to review latest scientific evidence pertaining the risk of community transmission of the COVID-19 variants.
According to the UK, an average of 550 people travel from Kenya to the UK each week, and a significant number of them test positive for COVID-19 on Day 2.
“Nearly a third of those testing positive have been carrying the B.1.351 variant, which originated in South Africa,” reads part of the letter.
Consequently, starting Friday, April 9, visitors who have been in or transited through Kenya in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England.
British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights arriving from Kenya will be required to quarantine in a Government-approved facility for ten days.
Other countries in this list include; Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April), Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, DRC, Ecuador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, and Oman.
Others are Pakistan (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April), Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, UAE, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.