The red list, and its accompanying hotel quarantine requirements, made their debut in February, amid hopes that vaccines would lead to a domestic nirvana of Zero Covid. We are wiser now. Vaccines prevent severe disease but do not stop circulation of the delta strain. Zero Covid is a fantasy. To quote Government advertising: ‘‘Even if we have been vaccinated, we can still get the virus, and pass it on”. Where to go from here?
As it stands, anyone visiting a country on the UK’s red list must spend 10 subsequent days in a quarantine hotel upon return. Your sojourn will be tedious and will set you back £2,285. The list includes most of Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Recent additions are Montenegro and Thailand. Among the reasons for inclusion are high Covid-19 rates or fear that the country harbours potentially hazardous viral variants.
Here’s why that’s problematic.