MUTANT Covid strains could be entering the UK from France as 68 per cent of visitors are exempt from quarantine.
Boris Johnson is supposedly dealing with growing pressure from his SAGE consultants to enforce harder border controls on our European neighbours.
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This comes as fatal South African and Brazilian variants, both of which are more resistant to vaccines, now represent 40 percent of brand-new cases in some locations of France, according to information shown to ministers.
Both Chris Whitty, England’s primary medical officer, and his deputy Jonathan Van-Tam, are stated to be “very concerned” due to the fact that most people taking a trip from France do not need to quarantine, The Times reports.
Yesterday, Van-Tam informed MPs that 68 per cent of French arrivals– mainly lorry motorists– do not have to self-islolate.
One MP stated: “Anybody on that call would understand that he believes the ‘red list’ requires expanding.
” France was the one that kept coming up but Germany was also mentioned because of increased numbers of versions.”
Cabinet ministers are in “innovative conversations” about plans to require hauliers to take lateral flow tests on their arrival in an attempt to control the spread of the mutant variants.
Yet, Number 10 sources played down the idea of France being added to the “red list” of countries saying such a move would be “out of proportion”.
This comes as vacations abroad for people in England are set to be prohibited till July with Brits dealing with ₤ 5,000 fines for trying to leave the country.
Ministers are because of reveal the restriction on April 12 when the government’s travel task force provides a report.
The PM informed reporters yesterday that “we must be wary of the capacity for a 3rd wave” describing the surge in cases on the European continent.
He stated the UK requires to be prepared to take “required additional procedures” adding that foreign holidays “certainly look challenging for the time being”.
However, the vacation restriction does not cover individuals travelling for work including hauliers being available in and out of the UK.
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Whitty said the government had actually stopped working to understand the “massive importation” of Covid cases from our European neighbours last year– particularly France, Italy and Spain.
A health source informed The Times: “There is a compromise with not having our summertime holidays but making sure that the UK stays open– we can go to pubs, restaurants and life go back to something like normality. It’s similar to Australia.”
Teacher Neil Ferguson, whose data led to the country’s first lockdown in 2015, stated Brits should plan to have holidays in the UK.