United Kingdom airlines are scrambling to lay on extra flights to Portugal so that Brits can make it back home before Portugal is placed on the UK’s Amber list. The Iberian nation was removed from the UK’s Green list of safe countries to visit on Thursday after transport secretary Grant Shapps said the presence of the Delta variant (Indian) and an increasing positivity rate was behind the move.
The changes to the UK’s traffic light-like system of rating counties based on their infection rates will come into effect at 04:00 on June 8th. Any person arriving in the UK from Portugal after then must self-isolate at home for ten days and is required to take two expensive post-arrival COVID-19 PCR tests. The travel industry has called the sudden move by the UK government as being in...
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA - Saudi Arabia is requiring all pilgrims for the scaled-back, annual Hajj in July to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In Tanzania, where vaccinations have not yet begun, Muslims hoping to go to Mecca are urging authorities to start jabbing.
Omar Aboubakar, like many other Muslims in Tanzania, wants to make the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. It’s an integral part of the Muslim faith, but for now only those immunized against COVID-19 can take part in this year’s Hajj.
Aboubakar is worried because vaccinations in Tanzania have yet to be approved.
“The time remaining is limited but still, we haven't given up,” he said. “We expect our top leaders to check on the issue of vaccination carefully so we can accomplish this holy w...