Numerous South African students studying in the UK will have to spend Christmas on campus after the announcement of current travel restrictions to and from South Africa.
This is after British Health Minister Matt Hancock announced travel restrictions in South Africa after two cases of a new variant of the coronavirus were discovered in the UK.
Both are contacts of cases traveling from South Africa. Laura-Jane Watkins is a South African citizen studying at the University of Birmingham.
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He says most students who wanted to spend Christmas in South Africa are now stuck on campus in the UK.
“Given the fact that they announced the level of Sunday only on Sunday and informed the students about approximately two days, I think that the students failed to return to the university and that they are now stuck. For many students, the sad reality is that they couldn’t go home, I know of some students who were stuck on campus in residences and had to rely on campus to provide them with a Christmas meal. “
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Home Secretary Aaron Motsoaledi says the Ministry of Health will make a decision on travel from South Africa after the UK announced the restrictions.
South Africa reported a new, more transmissible coronavirus variant last week.
Motsoaledi says it is up to individual countries to act to protect their citizens.
“The regulations that were adopted were that borders, airports and seaports were open for as long as they were COVID-19 certified. The ministry did not tell us anything else. Maybe he’ll let us know. The decision they made is theirs. We will have to see what our own decision is with regard to the United Kingdom. ”
The announcement first appeared on SABC News