Omicron: Red Alert Begins, Travelers Stranded In Lagos, Abuja Airports
There was momentary confusion Sunday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos following the cancellation of the Lagos-London Heathrow, United Kingdom bound flight by the British Airways.
Although, the airline said the cancellation was due to operational reasons, the development might not be unconnected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
TheNation reports that shortly after the flight cancellation, the British High Commission announced its decision to put on hold visitor visa applications from red list countries, including Nigeria.
The commission however, explained that from 4 am today, only British and Irish nationals and residents traveling from Nigeria would be allowed into the country.
The commission also said they must isolate in a government-managed quarantine hotel.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has been added to the travel red list Monday after 21 cases of Omicron reported in England linked to travel from this country.
Currently, the vast majority of cases in the UK have clear links to overseas travel from South Africa and Nigeria.
Over the past one week, 21 reported Omicron cases reported in England were said to have originated from Nigeria.