Top scientist prepares families for summer vacation in UK ahead of Green List update
Travel chefs will put pressure on the government this week as ministers prepare to announce the updated list of coronavirus traffic lights for overseas travel.
A top scientist today prepared families for a summer vacation in the UK.
Public Health England director for Covid-19, Dr Susan Hopkins, told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: ‘I think we should mainly decide to take a vacation home this summer while we get our whole vaccine vaccinated. population. “
On Wednesday, 800 airline staff, including easyJet, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and vacation company TUI, will march on Westminster to demand Boris Johnson add traditional tourist destinations to the green list for non-quarantine travel.
Manchester Airports Group chief of staff Tim Hawkins said: “We are really worried about a summer with the prospect of so little traffic.
Over a million jobs depend on the UK aviation industry. We really hope that ministers will listen to these concerns.
There is a huge disparity between the UK approach and other countries, where travel is allowed under much less stringent conditions – vaccinated people can travel, and if you haven’t been vaccinated you need a test before departure.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the travel rules were being kept under review.
“Of course there is the frustration – we all want a vacation in the sun whenever possible, but we’re right to balance that with variations of concern,” he told the BBC.
“People have to make individual choices. I think a lot of us are staying at home, I think it’s a very reasonable decision.
Speaking to Sky News, he added: “Inevitably, in a situation as unprecedented and demanding as this one is going to have to make significant compromises and it is clear that such a normal vacation or travel as usual doesn’t matter. ‘Were never going to be the case, given the rise in power of particular variants, notably the Delta variant.
“I think throughout this crisis we have tried to find the right balance between the natural need in some cases of international travel, but also the imperative to make sure that we are doing everything we can at home to contain and prevent the accidental spread of new, worrying variants.
“It is a huge and difficult situation.”
He also raised hope that fully bitten people who are ‘flagged’ by the NHS Covid app as having been in the vicinity of an infected person could avoid self-isolation.
Mr Buckland said the data “looks great, it looks really encouraging”, adding: “We are trying to be as flexible as possible”.
Hailing the success of the vaccination program, Dr Hopkins said infections were stabilizing in the Northwest. “We are definitely seeing signals in some areas slowing down, Bolton for example has definitely reversed, Blackburn and Darwen have leveled off,” she said.
“But there are other parts of the country, especially parts of the North East, parts of London that are still growing quite rapidly. I think that all of this doesn’t do the same across the country, and we let’s see it go up and down as people go out and get tested and I think we see the impact of vaccination and that’s good news.
“The extra time to vaccinate more people, getting two doses of vaccination in as many people as possible will hopefully mean that what we are seeing with this wave will not look like the previous waves we have seen in this country.”
The 18-20-year-olds booked eight strokes per second as the program opened to that age group on Friday. A total of 721,469 appointments were made on Friday via NHS bookings – and the actual total was higher as that figure did not include appointments made at doctor’s offices or walk-in centers.
But a senior scientist has warned that the drive to vaccinate all adults could lead to the concentration of Covid-19 cases in children.
“The virus will be concentrated in school-aged populations, which will eventually become a reservoir and driver of any ensuing Delta variant outbreak, as well as a hot spot in which new mutations can arise,” said the University of Leicester virologist Julian Tang at The Observer.
Reports emerged today that education heads were pressuring No.10 to immunize children. Downing Street is waiting for the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization to issue its recommendation on whether to prick children.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health was forced to insist that Matt Hancock showed Boris Johnson key data on the success of vaccinations before the PM decided to delay lifting the restrictions for four weeks. on coronaviruses.
The ministry said, “The efficacy of the Delta variant vaccines was discussed at the meeting which agreed to the delay. It is important to note that the SPI-M modeling that was presented, which was based on real world data, was in line with the PHE findings and, therefore, the ministers had access to the equivalent data when they took their decision.
However, critics who wanted the borders relaxed sooner said the data should have been made available sooner.