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Island's precautionary response to new COVID-19 variant

Fri, 26 Nov 2021

Precautionary actions are underway to reduce the risk of a new COVID-19 variant being transmitted in the Isle of Man.

The designation of a new Variant under Investigation by the UK Health Security Agency has led to six African countries being added to the UK’s travel red list from midday today, with direct flights from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia banned until 4am on Sunday 28 November.

British nationals who have been in those countries within the last 10 days are required to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests from noon today until 4am on Sunday, following which all arrivals in the UK will have to undertake mandatory hotel quarantine.

The adding of countries to the UK red list means that anyone who has been in a red list country in the past 10 days is prohibited from travel to the Isle of Man until they have completed their quarantine.

Borders’ officers have identified 21 people who have arrived in the Isle of Man from South Africa in the past 10 days, and are in the process of contacting them. All the individuals are being offered advice by Public Health, and are being asked to make arrangements with COVID 111 for voluntary PCR tests. They are not required to self-isolate while waiting for their results unless they have symptoms, as they travelled before the measures were introduced.

It is important that anyone else who visited any of the six countries before traveling to the UK from a third country and onward to the Island within the past 10 days, comes forward. They are asked to contact COVID 111 to arrange a PCR test.


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