Topline In an effort to control the spread of the most infectious variant of the coronavirus which is causing another wave of Covid-19 cases across the country, UK ministers are preparing to announce new restrictions on international travel on Tuesday to supplement measures lockdowns that prohibit everything but essential activities and travel for the foreseeable future. The UK will announce tighter border restrictions on Tuesday in a bid to control a recent outbreak of … [+] coronavirus case. Getty Images Key Facts Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said the government will release new border restriction plans on Tuesday, which is the first day of the third Covid-19 lockdown in England. “The message is very, very clear to British citizens that they should not travel,” the minister told Sky News. It’s unclear what the new restrictions will entail, although it is possible they will include Covid-19 testing on new arrivals – which ministers have long ruled out – as well as stricter quarantines and a travel ban abroad. When the lockdown was first announced on Monday, travel agency ABTA urged the government to support the struggling sector which it said has not received personalized government support. “It is true, of course, that the government is taking action to control the spread of the virus,” the group said, “but it must be accompanied by the right measures to support travel companies that have little or no means. to work.” Key Context In an effort to control an upsurge in Covid-19 cases across the country, British nations have imposed strict lockdowns restricting individual freedoms. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday imposed a new lockdown in England, banning all activities except essential activities outside the home, including the closure of schools and universities. Scotland has issued similar stay-at-home orders, Wales has closed schools and Northern Ireland is expected to finalize tougher restrictions on Tuesday. It’s unclear when many of these restrictions will end, although politicians have said they will likely be in place until at least mid-February. Much of the new wave of Covid-19 is being driven by a contagious new variant, B.1.1.7., Which was discovered in south-eastern England and London in December. While the new variant isn’t considered vaccine resistant – manufacturers are testing it to make sure – or causing more serious illness, it is more infectious. This makes the virus harder to control and can overwhelm hospitals with an influx of cases. Further Reading New Variant Of Covid-19 Has Appeared In England – Here’s What It Could Mean For The Pandemic And Vaccines (Forbes) Here’s What You Need To Know About The New Variant Of Covid-19 In England (Forbes) England to enter nationwide lockdown Amid Covid-19 Surge (Forbes) UK to tighten COVID-19 border controls soon – Gove (Reuters) Full coverage and live updates on coronavirus.
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