South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said he is hopeful the country will be removed from a list of nations whose residents are restricted from visiting the UK after he discussed the issue with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The inclusion of South Africa on the UK’s so-called red list was problematic because Britain is its biggest source of tourism and a major trading partner, Ramaphosa said in a televised address. While UK scientists were concerned about the present of the Covid-19 beta variant in South Africa, it had been displaced by the more infectious Delta strain, he said.
Ramaphosa said he put South Africa’s case to Johnson during a phone conversation on Thursday.
“We both agreed that decisions of this nature should be informed by science and are hopeful of a positive outcome when the issue comes up for review in the coming days,” he said.