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Labour demand for international travel to be stopped over Indian variant

19th May 21 9:52 am

The Labour Party are demanding that international travel to be halted immediately to prevent the Indian variant from spreading as well as importing other “dangerous strains.”

Lockdown is to end on 21 June under Boris Johnson’s roadmap, but Labour are saying the traffic light system which came into force on Monday has caused “chaos.”

The government’s scientific advisors have suggested that the Indian variant could be 50% more transmissible than the Kent strain which started the winter wave just before Christmas.

Labour’s Nick Thomas-Symonds said in a statement on Tuesday, “The Conservatives border policies have unraveled into dangerous chaos within a matter of hours since international travel was opened up.

“There is a lack of strategy, which has meant the UK government, and their own Ministers, are giving out conflicting and confused advice about whether people are allowed to travel, especially between ‘amber list’ countries.

“Labour has been clear that there should be a pause on international travel, to guard against further importing of dangerous strains, setting back hopes for ending restrictions.”

Lord Bethell who is a Health Minister in the House of Lords told Sky News, “Travelling is dangerous.

“That is not news to us or to the people who get on those planes in the first place.

“We do ask people, particularly as we go into the summer, travelling is not for this year, please stay in this country.”

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