Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane topped the Twitter trends list this morning (November 26) after Israel prohibited travel to and from South Africa following the announcement of a new COVID-19 variation in the nation on Thursday, November 25. B.1.1.529, a novel COVID-19 strain, was found in South Africa this week, suggesting that Lalela Mswane's decision was made for her.
Following the announcement, the United Kingdom prohibited flights from Southern African countries, including South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe. "@UKHSA is looking at a new variety." More data is needed, but we're taking safeguards for the time being. Six African nations will be added to the red list at noon tomorrow, flights will be temporarily halted, and UK visitors must quarantine," said health secretary Sajid Javid on Twitter. Following suit, Israel prohibited the admission of Southern African visitors into and out of the country.
The remaining nations were also added to the red list. Israelis are also prohibited from visiting nations on the red list. Tweeps were quick to point out that Miss SA Lalela Mswane should consider this as a warning that she should not compete in the Miss Universe pageant, which is due to take place on December 12. Lalela's brief reign as Miss SA, which began on October 16, has been marked by scandal. The Miss SA pageant hosts revealed that Lalela would compete in the Miss Universe competition, which will be held in Israel this year.
However, she has been under pressure to boycott the contest since Israel has been labeled a apartheid state. Lalela and the Miss South Africa Organisation, on the other hand, have refused to budge and have stated that she would continue to compete in the competition. Tweeps appear to be relieved that Israel has barred travel from Southern African nations, and that Lalela may be unable to participate. Can you see how the cosmos doesn't want you there? @slaylyn 05 said.
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