FirstFT: Southern African countries put on UK travel red list over Covid variant

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The UK has six countries in southern Africa Return to Red List Travel bans after the surge in the case of highly mutated coronavirus variants have warned among health authorities around the world.

Travelers returning from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesoto and Eswatini will be forced to quarantine at government facilities for 10 days starting today at noon, government officials said.

Direct flights from six countries will be banned from noon today until the hotel quarantine goes live on Sunday from 4 am.

Among scientists, the B. 1.1.529 Sars-Cov-2 mutant first identified in Botswana evaded the vaccine and Send faster From the delta variant.

Due to new regulations, the South African rand fell 1.3% against the US dollar to R16. This is the weakest level of the currency in a year.

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  • opinion: The mistake was to limit retail prices while allowing growth-seeking companies to take the massive commodity price risk that was effectively blocked by the state. I’m writing the Brook Masters..

2. Criminal prosecutor considers alleged Deutsche Bahn fraud Stuttgart prosecutors Evaluate allegations of fraud It was filed by two whistleblowers. If they conclude that there is reasonable suspicion of potential criminal activity, they can initiate a criminal investigation under German law.

3. Britain and France pledge to strengthen cooperation after the tragedy of immigrants French President Emmanuel Macron has called for support for the suspension of trafficking by France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. 27 people Drowned from Dunkirk.But stronger security measures Not enough Analysts say to stop the surge.

4. Spain passes the largest budget in history In the Spanish representatives’ meeting approved The largest budget in the history of the country after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gained the support of Catalan independents in return for a contract to set regional language assignments on digital platforms such as Netflix.

5. Saif al-Islamic Kadafi bans Libyan presidential election Libya’s electoral body Ban The son of a late dictator who, citing his conviction, challenged the elections in an oil-rich North African state.

Analysts suggested that disqualification of Saif al-Islamic Kadafi is unlikely to lead to new instability.

Analysts suggested that disqualification of Saif al-Islamic Kadafi is unlikely to lead to new instability © EPA

Coronavirus digest

  • NS World Trade Organization Head Expensive discussions on the waiver of intellectual property rights for the Covid-19 vaccine are “Stuck“.

  • The airline is Brace Due to the surge in infectious diseases EuropeRyanair CEO Michael O’Leary predicts a “harsh period” next month.

Future days

Black friday After Thanksgiving Consumer enthusiasm, Now an international event, you can read the health of the retail sector.

WHO emergency meeting on variants World Health Organization Discuss It is the first new coronavirus variant found in South Africa and Botswana and is believed to spread faster than expected.

Economic indicators Hupil, Chief Economist of the Bank of England, will give a speech on the UK’s economic outlook.France release Consumer Confidence Data and Switzerland release GDP figures for the third quarter.

French fisherman strike Fishermen blockade three ports in France and block cargo trucks passing through the Channel Tunnel. Protest For not granting licenses to some vessels after Brexit.

London night tube is back Some of the services that were suspended at the start of the first pandemic blockade in the UK will be back tomorrow. Mayor Sadiq Khan said the capital relies on good public transport. In this FT editorial..

  • Not everyone is happy. The drivers of the five underground lines Big strike From 4:30 am to 24 hours today, there is a debate over the balance between work and life.

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