Talk to BBC Earlier today, Sarafa Tunji Isola protested the heavy redlisting restrictions on travelers from several countries where the omicron variant has been found.
“What is expected is a global, non-selective approach,” Mr. Isola told BBC’s Today program.
“NS travel ban racism in the sense that we are not dealing with an endemic epidemic. We are dealing with a pandemic. Whenever we have a challenge, there has to be cooperation.”
Defending the UK’s decision, Conservative MP Kit Malthouse said the wording was “very regrettable language”.
“We understand the difficulties that [are] created by these travel restrictions, but we’re trying to take a moment so our scientists can study the virus and gauge how difficult it is,” he said. BBC.
The British government announced the addition of Nigeria to the red list shortly before 7pm on Saturday, making it the 11th country to be added to the list in two weeks.
“To protect public health, Nigeria will be going to the red list from 4am on Monday, December 6th,” Transport Minister Grant Shapps tweeted shortly before 7pm on Saturday.
“If you have visited Nigeria in the last 10 days and arrived after 4 a.m. on a Monday, you MUST book a quarantine hotel in an approved facility.”
The red list comes after several cases of the omicron variant of Covid-19 in the UK were linked to people recently returned from Nigeria.
“UKHSA analysis shows clear indications of the presence of omicrons in Nigeria and a number of cases identified in the UK have been linked to travel from Nigeria,” reads a joint statement from the Department for Transport. Communications and Health, along with the State Department, on Saturday.
“The country also has very close tourist links with South Africa, with Nigeria being the second most popular destination for flights from Johannesburg, for example.”
On Thursday, Nigeria reports first three cases of Covid-19 is associated with the omicron variant. On Saturday, the UK reported around 160.
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/nigeria-travel-ban-apartheid-red-list-b1970642.html The country’s high commissioner said the Nigeria ban was ‘racist tourism’