We courted Sheffield’s Director for Public Health Greg Fell in the wake of developments surrounding the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The Omicron Covid variant identified and announced by South African scientists has been highlighted as a variant of concern and saw rapid changes to international travel, especially for Southern African countries. Mandatory hotel quarantine came back in to force for those arriving in to England from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
The government then updated this red list to include Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia effective Sunday 28th November at 4am. These concerns and implications on the Sheffield community were raised with Greg.