Red list reduced to just 7 countries
Finally, we are beginning to see some sense from the government in taking proportional steps to protect the UK. The UK is removing a whopping 47 countries from England’s red list, meaning they go under the “rest of the world” category, where rules depend on vaccination status.
The following countries will be removed from the red list from Monday 11 October:
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Costa Rica
- French Guiana
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Trinidad and Tobago
This will leave only 7 countries on the red list which requires hotel quarantine
- Dominican Republic
The government will also be recognising those with fully-vaccinated status from 37 new countries and territories including India, Turkey, and Ghana, treating them the same as UK fully vaccinated passengers.
Wales has also it will be following the Westminster government’s decision to slash the red list to only seven countries.
New lateral flow tests for day 2
It is also just coming out that the change from requiring a day 2 PCR test to a lateral flow is being finalised. Apparently, travellers will have to send a picture of their lateral flow test to verify their results. There was talk of their needing to be video appointments which I think would completely sink the testing industry, so this is good news. It’s not been announced whether NHS tests will be acceptable.
There is no firm date but the government have said the change will happen before the end of October.
Footballers demand red list quarantine reduced
Footballers have been today demanding that the red list quarantine is reduced to just five days, the same as the test to release timeframe. With only 7 countries left on it, it is probably less important now. I can understand the reasoning but personally if we are going to concentrate on only the most extreme risk countries for Covid, making it 10 days seems far safer to me.
The players (44 Premier League, EFL and Women’s Super League) have signed a letter to Boris Johnson after the government agreed fully vaccinated footballers could instead quarantine in a club-approved facility for 10 days, leaving only to train or play. The players issue is that 10 days could mean that they are away from their family for very extended periods of time.
I think with today’s announcement that will fall on deaf ears!