The Health Minister Gilliam Keegan said on Tuesday that the government is trying to use “balance and proportion” when imposing new measures.
Speaking of travel Keegan said they will not shut it down completely and the situation is to be reviewed every three weeks.
Appearing on Sky News Keegan was asked by Kay Burley if some European countries could be placed on to the red list.
Keegan told Burley the situation is to be “continually looked at” and “If we get some flare-ups in cases then we can take immediate action if we need to.”
She further said that the government does not underestimate new Covid variants and said they “acted as quickly as we possibly could” once they had learned of Omicron.
She acknowledged to Burley that we have “been here before” with the Delta strain, which is why “we don’t underestimate new variants.W
However, Keegan added, the “reality is it exists already.”