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UK announces new traffic light system for international travel

The UK will be making plans to resume international travel on Monday using a “traffic light system” as the country cautiously emerges from the lockdown. The announcement comes because the UK has set a tentative date for the relaunch of international travel on May 17th. Destinations are classified as green, amber or red depending on the virus risk, Downing Street said in a statement late Saturday. The government announced further details. International travel is currently banned, except for a handful of legitimate reasons. This has led to massive pent-up demand for summer holidays abroad. “We are doing everything we can to enable our country to reopen … as safely as possible,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The government said the new system will help keep vaccine progress in the UK from being jeopardized and give travelers clear guidance. “People who travel to low-risk ‘green” countries will simply have a virus test before and after their trip, the government said. But those who buy amber or amber in red countries must self-isolate or quarantine afterwards Self-isolating for people entering the UK from overseas for 10 days. UK nationals coming from a banned “red list” of high risk countries face costly quarantine. Government approved hotels. The government urged people to Not booking a summer vacation, saying it was “too early to predict” which countries would have the green light. The government has announced that a number of people will be allowed to attend public events such as this month’s football matches in trials with one Virus Certification System, but it was not made clear whether “Virus Passports” for international travel a on display, an idea supported by many tourism-dependent countries and airlines but opposed by more than 70 British MPs. The UK has already given more than 31 million first vaccine doses and over 5 million second doses. The rollout has far exceeded popular vacation destinations such as France. This has improved public sentiment after more than 126,000 people died from the virus in the UK, the highest toll in Europe. As of Thursday, people living in England will have access to two free rapid virus tests per week, a measure to curb the spread of symptom-free viruses. This makes such tests far more accessible than they are now. “More cases are being discovered that break the chains of transmission and save lives,” the government said on Monday. Urged people to take up the offer, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “The return to normal hinges depends on all of us being tested regularly.” River tests are offered in workplaces, in communities, at schools and colleges. People can also order delivery of the tests. (AFP)

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