Starting today, Tuesday, and indefinitely, most Egyptians wishing to travel to Britain will not be able to enter it, after Egypt entered the British red list, among 7 countries that the British government believes that its measures to combat the spread of the Corona virus are ineffective.
And the British Ministry of Transport included – last Thursday – 7 countries on the red list for the travel ban, including Egypt and Bahrain, and the decision entered into force since the dawn of Tuesday, according to the British newspaper, The Guardian.
Those coming from the red list countries to the UK must quarantine in a hotel for 11 nights, at a cost of 1,750 pounds per person (2468 US dollars).
Egypt’s placement on the red list means that entry into a hotel quarantine will be limited to holders of British citizenship or those who have residency in Britain or Ireland, while others are prohibited from entering at all, according to a statement from the British government’s website regarding the red list.
According to the “Worldometers” website, which specializes in monitoring Corona statistics, the death toll from Corona in the world until last Thursday evening reached 3 million and 711 thousand, while the injuries amounted to more than 172 million and 666 thousand, and the number of people recovered reached 155 million and 401 thousand.
Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed received Britain’s decision to add Egypt to the red list “with some wonder”, as she put it, during a telephone interview with the Al-Hekaya program, which is presented by the media close to the authority, Amr Adib, on the Saudi-owned MBC channel.
The minister said that she is awaiting the return of the British ambassador in Egypt to discuss the matter with him, noting that she contacted the Egyptian embassy in Britain to present Egypt’s experience in dealing with the Corona pandemic, stressing that the presentation of that experience may modify the decision of the British state, according to her statements to the same program yesterday.
Tweeters caught the statement with a lot of irony, as “her statements contradict the living reality”, as observers believe that the rates of HIV infections are much higher than what the ministry announces daily, while Zayed confirmed that the decision that came with the decrease in the number of infections and the increase in the number of those who received the vaccine “is incomprehensible, except That will change as soon as he makes it clear to the British ambassador.”
We do better than them
On the other hand, a member of the Scientific Committee to Combat Corona Virus, Mohamed El-Nadi, said: “We always find that Britain, the United States and Europe put us on the red list, although the performance of the Egyptian health administration during the Corona crisis is better than them in all the different stages and previous waves of the virus.”
And he continued, in a telephone interview to one of the satellite channels: “Egypt has not experienced collapses in its health system, like many countries, but it has turned into privileges because the Egyptian performance in managing the crisis is almost equal to the best health sectors in the world, such as Germany, France and England, as our performance is better than them.” “.
The club denied the existence of an Egyptian mutated virus in Thailand, which was initially called the “Thai mutated”, stressing that it was “sent and incorrect and has no scientific basis.”
The club revealed its belief that the reasons that prompted Britain to include Egypt on the red travel list are vaccination, as they evaluate according to the number of those who have been vaccinated in Egypt, and the extent to which vaccinations are useful or not for a population of 100 million Egyptians, according to the numbers.
Although Egypt uses the English vaccine “AstraZeneca” among the available vaccines, it did not help the Egyptians to enter Britain, just as it did not help Egypt to establish a tourism conference that tries to restore tourism activity to areas targeted by British tourists as a preferred destination such as Sharm El-Sheikh.
Tourism in Sharm El-Sheikh was dealt a painful blow, after a Russian plane crashed over Sinai in 2015 with a bomb placed on board. The accident caused a rift in the confidence of a number of countries in the insurance procedures at Egyptian airports.