After the British government announced a ban on flights from South Africa to curb the spread of the new COVID-19 variant. A group of British Open and Irish golfers withdrew from the Joburg Open on Friday before the second round. The British Open 2022 fans can buy British Open Tickets from our website.

Tour spokesman Steve Todd confirmed on Friday that the inaugural season of the DP World Tour started on Thursday. But new restrictions forced more than a dozen players to withdraw from the game.

 A group of British Open and Irish golfers withdrew from the Joburg Open on Friday
A group of British Open and Irish golfers withdrew from the Joburg Open on Friday

The UK has announced it will suspend flights from South Africa and five other South African countries on Friday from 1200 GMT and place passengers from these countries in self-isolation for 10 days. From Sunday morning, travellers are required to enter the hotel’s quarantine area.

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there are concerns that this new variant “may be easier to spread than the delta strain” and that “the vaccine we currently have may be less effective against it.”

In addition, the European Union said on Friday it plans to halt air travel from Southern Africa as the 27-nation European Union battles a wave of business.

Spain’s Angel Hidalgo shot 65 points, 6 under par, on Thursday to lead the first round. But the game was interrupted by bad weather. It marked the beginning of a new era after the European Tour was rebranded as a championship that better reflects its global character.

Not every British Open player has left. Ashley Chesters shot 69.2 under par on Friday, finishing the second round with a 7 under par.

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there are concerns that this new variant
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there are concerns that this new variant

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The Johannesburg Open is the start of the South African Open. Followed by the South African Open and the Dunhill Championship.

The two Wales rugby teams also plan to return home early from their trip to South Africa. Cardiff and the Scarlet team will compete in the United Rugby Championship this weekend.

Scarlets said in a statement: “Following the news of the new Covid variant in South Africa. Scarlets would like to assure family and friends that we are doing everything. We can to get our tour group back to the UK as soon as possible.”

In a tweet earlier on Friday, Cardiff said: “We are now trying to repatriate our employees as soon as possible.”

The Irish province of Munster and the Italian club Zebre Parma are also located in South Africa.

Munster wrote on Twitter on Friday: “We are all safe in Pretoria. We are working with the URC to address the ongoing Covid-19-related situation and will provide an update as soon as we know more.”

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