Malawi will be taken off the United Kingdom (UK) Covid-19 red list tomorrow, enabling fully-vaccinated travellers to bypass the 10-day isolation requirement that came with being on the list.
A notice published on the UK Government’s website indicates that Malawi, alongside 54 other countries that were red listed, will be moved off the list at 4am on Monday, 11 October.
The notice further advises travellers arriving in England before Monday that they will still need to follow the red list rules.
Reads the notice: “If you drive through a red list country, then you must follow the red list rules when you arrive in England…
“…before you travel to England from a red list country you must take a Covid-19 test three days before you travel to England… even if you are fully vaccinated.”
The UK Government further required children aged 11 to 17 from the listed countries to [also] take a Covid-19 test in the three days before travelling to England.
Malawi’s neighbouring countries of Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe were also among the countries on the red list.
Meanwhile, Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda announced softened Covid-19 preventive measures.
However, the minister said despite attaining Level 1 of the Covid-19 status, the country still has active cases; hence, the need for Malawians to continue observing preventive measures and get vaccinated.
Said Chiponda: “The vaccine is the best tool we have to help in reducing risk of developing sever disease, risk hospitalisation and death due to Covid-19. The other preventive measures will help to prevent spread of, and contracting the virus.”
She said the country has adequate stocks of Covid-19 vaccines in all vaccination sites.