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List of countries at higher risk of omicron variant during this festive season

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List of countries at higher risk of omicron variant during this festive season

Easy to read list of destinations which may be placed on no-go list when travel is reviewed due to rising numbers of Omicron covid variant


Countries around the world are tightening entry restrictions as the new Omicron variant continues to spread.

Around 20 nations are reporting cases of the strain which has been labelled a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organisation due to the number of mutations it has.

The UK has so far banned travel from 10 southern Africa countries and reintroduced PCR testing for all arrivals.

Visitors from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia will have to pay £2,235 to quarantine at a government-managed hotel for 10 days.

The next review of the travel list is expected to take place just before Christmas with experts predicting more destinations could be placed under the toughest restrictions.

Here’s an easy to read guide on the countries most at risk of moving to the red list later this month, including those reporting high numbers of Omicron cases and high volumes of cases overall.

What countries could be added to the red list?
Neither Malawi, Israel, Hong Kong or Belgium are currently on the red list but there are concerns that they could be added in future if cases continue to rise in these countries.


If Omicron seeds well and depending on the measures that these countries take on, they could soon become added to the red list.

So far, most countries are reporting fewer than 10 cases of the new Omicron variant, with the UK currently reporting the highest number of confirmed cases outside southern Africa.

All figures are correct as of November 29, via ITV.

UK (22)

Netherlands (13)
Botswana (15)
Portugal (13)

France (8)

Australia (3)

Germany (3)

Denmark (2)

Hong Kong (2)

Canada (2)

Italy (1)
Belgium (1)
Czech Republic (1)
Spain (1)
Israel (1)
Japan (1)

Which countries have the worst Covid rates?
Figures collected by the New York Times show the Cayman Islands have the highest number of cases per 100,000 people.

The data shows several European countries, including Croatia and Austria are reporting high numbers of cases.

All case numbers are correct as of December 1, via New York Times.

Cayman Islands (216 cases per 100,000 people)
Slovakia (203)
Czech Republic (177)
Andorra (143)
Belgium (142)
Liechtenstein (134)
Austria (129)
Netherlands (126)
Croatia (111)
Gibraltar (107)

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