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Covid-19 Omicron: UK diplomat sheds more light as country removes Nigeria from red list


The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has given the reason why the United Kingdom removed Nigeria from its travel red list to curb the spread of COVID omicron.

According to the diplomat, her country made a bolte face based on “scientific and public health data”.

Giving more explanation, she said that  Nigeria and 10 other countries will be removed from UK travel red list effective 4am on Wednesday.

It will be recalled that Nigeria and other  African countries had described the ban on non-UK residents entering England as “travel apartheid.”

The developmentt has almost degenerated to diplomatic row as the government of President Muhammadu Buhari had also threatened to retaliate and impose travel restrictions on the UK, and others.

Laing, said, “On Tuesday 14th December, UK Ministers made the decision – based on scientific and public health data – to remove Nigeria from the UK’s travel red list. The emergence of the Omicron variant is a reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and like all countries around the world the UK has had to take difficult decisions to protect public health.

“We took this necessary precautionary action to give us time to understand the challenge we and others faced, and to slow down the spread of Omicron while scientists urgently assessed what impact the variant has on vaccines, treatments and transmissibility. When we announced the heightened restrictions we made clear that we would remove them as soon as we could, and that is the decision Ministers have taken today.

“I know this will be welcome news for students, tourists, businesses and families in the UK and Nigeria, although I recognise the impact that these temporary health measures have had.”