36.1 C
Delhi
Monday, June 27, 2022

Busy mall attacked by Russian missile in Ukraine says Zelensky

Russia has allegedly committed war crimes by...

Action Needed on Austin Tice, Says Family of US Journalist Missing in Syria

https://ift.tt/xSQvczw journalist Austin Tice has been missing...

ED summons Sanjay Raut amid Udhav-Shinde tussle, a big political game?

Sanjay Raut received summon by Enforcement Directorate...

UK condemned for Covid ‘travel apartheid’

Britain’s Covid restrictions, imposed to combat the spread of the Omicron variant, have been condemned as a “travel apartheid” by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK, who urged officials to change to a more a “global approach.”
Speaking to the BBC on Monday, Nigeria’s representative in the UK, Sarafa Tunji Isola, said that the targeted approach taken by the British government has created a “travel apartheid” by limiting travel to and from some African nations.

Nigeria became the latest country to be added to the UK’s travel ‘red list’ on Monday, with all 11 states on the list located in Africa. The red list means that the only people allowed to enter the UK from them are UK or Irish nationals and residents. Anyone returning from red-list nations has to self-isolate for 10 days at their own expense in a government-approved hotel.

<blockquote>
    <span><strong>Read more</strong></span>
    <figure>
        <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2021.12/thumbnail/61ae18912030274f352f98a1.JPG" alt="FILE PHOTO: Vaccination against Covid-1 in Johannesburg, South Africa. ©REUTERS / Sumaya Hisham" />
        <figcaption><a href="/news/542339-africa-incubator-covid-strains/">Suspected ‘incubator’ of new Covid-19 strains identified</a></figcaption>
    </figure>
</blockquote>

The UK’s decision to impose restrictions on Nigeria was announced on Saturday, with the British government citing how the “vast majority” of Omicron cases in Britain have been linked to “overseas travel from South Africa and Nigeria.”

Isola is the latest official figure to blast the restrictions, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres having also used the term “travel apartheid” last week while speaking to reporters in New York. The UN chief claimed that travel restrictions, such as those imposed by the UK, are “not only deeply unfair and punitive”, but are ultimately “ineffective.”

Similarly, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo criticized countries for imposing restrictions on African nations, calling the measures “instruments of immigration control.”

UK minister Kit Malthouse refuted the allegation, stating that the use of the phrase “travel apartheid” is “very unfortunate language.” Defending the restrictions, he argued that they are helpful in giving British health officials “a little bit of time” to “work on the virus and assess how difficult it’s going to be.”

The UK’s Department of Health and Social Care has also stood by the restrictions, noting that the government will continue to keep the potential risk posed by individual countries and territories under review as regards what levels of precaution are required.
https://ift.tt/3GdEjF2 06, 2021 at 08:52PM
from RT – Daily news

Support Us

Secured by Paypal

Related Stories

Check out other tags:

Most Popular Articles