London (AP)-The British government is preparing to ban four other countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines) from international entry due to concerns about the new virus variants, but they chose not to include European countries facing the resurgence of the virus .
The Ministry of Transport said on Friday that when the latest restrictions take effect in England on April 9, the number of countries on its “red list” will reach 39. Other countries in the UK (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) have similar lists.
According to the travel ban, international tourists who have left or passed through red-listed countries within the past 1
British and Irish citizens and people with residency rights in the UK can enter, as commercial flights are not prohibited. However, they must be quarantined at a government-approved hotel for 10 days at their own expense, and must be tested for COVID-19 on the second and eighth days of self-quarantine.
These measures are designed to reduce the risk of new virus variants to the United Kingdom, which has the highest number of COVID-related deaths in Europe, with more than 126,500 deaths.
Although much of Europe has witnessed the virus’s resurgence, prompting many countries to re-impose lockdown restrictions, no European country is on the British Red List. Health experts say this surge is driven by variants of the virus, including the first discovered in the UK, which is sweeping across the continent. The World Health Organization expressed condolences on the slow pace of vaccination in European countries except the United Kingdom on Thursday, saying they are losing the race to protect their people.
The Conservative government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced questions in recent days as to why France is not the first in Europe, and France is suffering from one of the worst epidemics in Europe. However, because France relies on cross-channel port transportation, its inclusion on the red list may have a serious impact on trade flows into and out of the UK.
The British Department of Transport stated that so far, most of the South African variant cases found in England are related to international travel, and it is thought that very few come from Europe.
Since the severe winter, due to the strict three-month lockdown and the rapid introduction of the coronavirus vaccine, the UK has been infected with the new coronavirus since the winter, and the number of deaths has dropped sharply. The UK has now injected more than 31 million people (approximately 46% of its population) with the first batch of vaccines, much higher than the rest of Europe.
With the sharp drop in new cases (from about 70,000 a day earlier this year), restrictions on gatherings in England have been relaxed this week. The UK recorded 3,402 new infections last Friday, the lowest level since mid-September. The main relaxation measures this week allow groups of up to six people or two families to gather outdoors.
Johnson (Johnson) Friday urged people to abide by the rules, during Easter weekend, even if people have been vaccinated, do not mix indoors.
He said in a question-and-answer session on Twitter: “Even if your friends and family members may have been vaccinated, the vaccine does not provide 100% protection, which is why we just need to be cautious.” “We don’t think they can be completely reduced. Or eliminate the risk of transmission.”
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