The United Kingdom (UK) has not moved Pakistan from its Red List to Amber List. Pakistan is still on its Red List of the travel ban, the UK announced in its latest travel review on Thursday.
As per reports, Pakistan has been kept on the Red List for “failing to meet the requirements on genomic surveillance capability, transmission risk, and variants of concern.”
Genome sequence helps researchers understand how the virus is mutating into variants and how it’s traveling from person to person.
Government officials of Pakistan were hopeful that Pakistan will be moved to the Amber List in the latest review.
According to the latest update, seven countries, namely, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Switzerland, and the Azores will move into the Green List starting 4am on Monday, August 30.
Thailand and Montenegro, on the other hand, will be added to the Red List at the same time, “reflecting the increased case rates in these countries and the higher risk that travel from these countries poses to UK public health”, said the notice.
Earlier, the UK was criticised for removing India from Red List despite the worse Covid-19 situation than Pakistan.
However, the British government claimed that the Pakistan authorities did not send them the Covid-19 data on vaccination and testing.