Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

Two Welsh rugby teams are seeking to repatriate their staff and players as soon as possible after South Africa was added to the travel red list.

Cardiff Rugby and Scarlets Rugby had both traveled to the country to play two United Rugby Championship matches each.

But a new one coronavirus have been discovered that could be more transmissible and more resistant to vaccines.

South Africa will be added to the red list at 12 noon on Friday, meaning flights will be suspended and those arriving in the UK will have to be isolated for 10 days.

From kl. 4 on Sunday, this quarantine period must take place at a hotel.

This will have a contagious effect on both teams, as the Heineken Champions Cup is set to start at home on December 10 – affecting the preparations leading up to the tournament.

Simon Muderack, CEO of Scarlets Rugby, tweeted Thursday night: “Many will have seen the news of the new COVID variant affecting our people in South Africa.

“We are focused on the welfare of our staff in South Africa and the concern for their families back home. We are exploring all options for repatriating our people as soon as possible.”

Cardiff Rugby issued a similar statement, promising to offer regular updates with every development.

According to WalesOnline, both teams are currently trying to arrange charter flights later today.

While Cardiff is currently based in Cape Town, the Scarlets are approximately 1,000 miles away in Durban.

Flights from Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe are also suspended as the new B.1.1.529 variant is examined.

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‘Our scientists are deeply concerned’ – Javid

Experts in the UK have called it the “worst we’ve seen so far”.

A total of 59 confirmed cases have been linked to the variant at present.

But in South Africa, where infection rates have risen dramatically in recent days, there is concern that B.1.1.529 is behind many cases.

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