Amid growing criticism since Friday before thousands of people traveled from India to England on the “red list”, the government has been slow to curb the kind of spread that could be more resistant to vaccines.
In an move announced hours after Boris Johnson succumbed to the pressure to cancel a key trip to India to boost economic ties, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said most of the trip from the country would take place on Friday morning at 4 p.m. Will be banned from Only British citizens and residents will be allowed to enter, and all will have to be quarantined in a hotel for 10 days.
There are 16 direct flights from India to the UK ahead of the deadline and many more direct flights.
According to Public Health England (PHE), some 103 cases of the new variant identified in India for the first time in the UK have been found to be “geographically dispersed”. Hancock said the “vast majority” has links to international travel.
As India faces a deadly outbreak of the virus, with more than 250,000 cases being recorded daily, UK scientists are working to see if there is any “feature-related” type of the virus. The vaccine is highly transmissible or resistant.
Asked if the current jobs are effective against the variety, known as B1617, Hancock said: “We just don’t know it’s the center of my concern.”
Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas – Symonds said, “It was not good to try to close the door after the horse’s bolts hit, to put countries on the red list when it’s too late.” Labor has repeatedly demanded that all travelers to England be subject to the terms of the hotel.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said B1617 is responsible for India being “one of the fastest growing in the world right now”. He called for the PHE to include it as a “variable under investigation”, instead of classifying it as a “variable of concern”: “We already know that Variations in this variant of anxiety are found in other forms, and if we have learned anything about it, in the last 12 months, it is that the virus ruthlessly exploits ambiguities, and when to overcome the situation. We should work fast if we can because it can’t happen in a few weeks.
YVT Cooper, chairman of the Select Committee on Home Affairs, said that 10 days ago, when India and Pakistan were renewed to include “low and slow cove rate” countries, including Bangladesh, it should be included in the red list. Should have
He called on the government to publish the criteria behind redlisting countries so that we can see where the border gulfs are still and during a week pointing to 47 cases of “Hong Kong”, he said. Criticized “delay” in acting, only on one flight to Delhi.
Tory MP Edward Lee also urged Hancock to “resist these very powerful lobbies” in the aviation industry and “be determined to follow the evidence there; not allow unnecessary travel and indeed Tighten this red list. “
Hancock acknowledged that the “biggest threat” to the lifting of the quaid ban in England was a “new form against which even vaccines do not work”, and added that scrutiny would be carried out to ensure Make sure we limit the spread as much as possible. As possible “.
No figures have yet been released revealing where India’s differences in the UK were discovered, but the PHE said there was “no evidence of large clusters” in any particular area.
Krsina Page, Professor of Operational Research at UCL and a member of Independent Sage, said: “Given the low order, testing and vaccination rates in India and the low number of cases here, we have a few weeks of definitive evidence on B1617. Not likely to be found. “
Earlier, Downing Street announced that Johnson was due to travel to India this month to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, despite plans to change it last week. Canceled for extension. On Sunday, Labor pressured Johnson to “set an example” from the outside.
The number of infections in India has crossed 15 million – the second highest in the world after the United States, Reuters reported. And that number rose to a record 273,810 yesterday. The UK Department for Transport also said: “The situation in India has deteriorated dramatically,” adding that the rate of local infections has “almost doubled” in one week to one in a million people. Is – “more than any other place”. .
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