London, July 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The West African state of Sierra Leone has been added to the no travel zone (Red List) after UK government updated its travel lists in line with its period review of coronavirus hot sports
Lungi_International_Airport_Gate_Area Sierra Leone
The UK government has updated its travel lists, adding Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone to the red list from 4am Monday 19 July.
(Wikilwand)Aside Sierra Leone, Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar have also been added to the red list from 4am Monday 19 July
It means visitors who have departed from or transited through these countries and territories in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England. Only British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights (including long-term visa holders), will be allowed to enter and must stay in a government-approved facility for 10 days.
The implementation date will coincide with the changes to the requirements for passengers travelling to amber countries who have been fully vaccinated.
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As previously announced, from 19 July the following groups will no longer need to quarantine or take a day 8 PCR test if arriving from amber countries and territories, but will still need to complete a pre-departure test before arrival into England, alongside a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival:
fully vaccinated through the UK vaccination programmeon a formally approved COVID-19 clinical trial in the UKpeople aged under 18 and resident in the UKThese measures are subject to passengers providing proof of their vaccination status and correct test results and test package bookings to carriers in advance of travel.
Meanwhile, Rwandan government has announced a 10-day lockdown in the capital Kigali and eight districts amid a rising number of Covid cases and deaths.
People have been ordered not to leave their homes from this Saturday to 26 July to try to halt the virus spread.
Businesses, public works and transport, schools, sports and entertainment are all closed, and burials have been reduced to only 15 attendants.
People can only step out of their houses for essential services, or if they are essential workers.
The last four weeks have seen record numbers of cases – with nearly 1,000 per day – and the last seven days being the deadliest.
Health officials say the fast-spreading and deadlier Delta variant is behind the worst that the country is facing.
Rwanda has recorded more than 50,000 Covid cases and over 600 deaths. More than 400,000 people have been vaccinated.
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