Tourism – A few weeks ahead of the summer holidays, the United Kingdom is reinstating a mandatory quarantine for travelers arriving from Portugal. In question, a rebound of cases and the appearance of a “Nepali mutation” of the Indian version.
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this is “difficult decision”. Grant Shapps, British transport minister, doesn’t hide his dismay after he reinstated a mandatory quarantine for travelers arriving from Portugal, which could last up to ten days. The latter justified the measure, which will come into effect from Tuesday, by nearly doubling the COVID-19 positivity rate in Portugal and the presence of a “like the Nepali mutation” Delta version.
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“We don’t want to take any risk”, he said, while British health officials now believe the Indian version is “predominant” in the United Kingdom, with 12,431 cases identified, threatening the hopes of lifting most of the latest restrictions on June 21.
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Since May 17, Portugal was among the few countries and territories that were exempted from the quarantine. It now joins a number of countries, such as France, Italy, Spain and Greece, that have been classified “orange” whose travelers must follow at least five days of quarantine upon their return and a number of paid tests. Have to pass.
The change angered the tourism and transport sector, raising fears of a repeat of last summer’s scenario, where repeated rule changes left thousands of tourists in quarantines they hadn’t planned for in the past.
On Twitter, the Portuguese Foreign Ministry reported “Unable to understand” “Argument” of the British decision while ensuring the Portuguese “Continues careful and gradual deconfinement with clear rules for the safety of those who live here and those who visit us”.
Meanwhile, Manuel Cortés, general secretary of the TSSA body, which brings together actors in the transport and tourism sector, said in a statement that the government has “Fail Your Decision” and was going to dive in “chaos” Tourists who are going home early to avoid quarantine.
As Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hosting the G7 summit next week, “It sends the message that the UK will remain isolated from the rest of the world and closed to most of its G7 partners”, John Holland-Kaye, the general manager of London’s Heathrow Airport, reacted for his part.
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Seven countries including Sri Lanka, Egypt and Costa Rica were added to the red list. It reserves the possibility of returning to the country only for British residents, with a mandatory quarantine of eleven nights in hotels at their own expense, at a cost of £1,750 (about 2,000 euros) per person.
The country in Europe worst-hit by the pandemic with nearly 128,000 deaths, the United Kingdom, has set up a massive six-month vaccination campaign that has given half of adults (more than 26 million people) two doses and one dose. Allowed more than 75% of adults (about 40 million people).
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