South Africa's UK red list status - Lord Peter Hain pleads directly with Boris for our removal

South Africa was placed on the UK’s red list in December - a status which has been severely destructive to the South African economy. South Africa's UK red list placement requires tourists from the UK to quarantine for ten days at their own expense in government-selected hotels when they return. The exorbitant costs related to this quarantine requirement effectively halts the income that the country receives by virtue of travel between South Africa and the UK. According to a study conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the restrictions imposed by way of the dreaded red list could lead to losses that equate to more than R26m every single day. In mid-September, the UK revised its red list. South Africa was not one of the eight countries that were removed - despite the fact that three of those countries (Sri Lanka, Maldives and Turkey) have higher and rising rates of infection in comparison to South Africa. South African anti-apartheid activist Lord Peter Hain spoke to BizNews founder Alec Hogg about the nonsensical nature of our country's continued red list placement, a status which he believes 'has no justification in science.' Hain wrote a letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to protest against the UK government's failure to remove South Africa from the red list. Hain raises several excellent points in the letter - all of which highlight that the country's continued red list status is both unjustified and illogical.