UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday announced the suspension on non-essential international travel from and to the country till May 17. Let us tell you that the travel and aviation sectors have been among the worst-hit during the coronavirus pandemic, but the restrictions have been imposed due to the new COVID-19 strain.
On the roadmap for easing lockdown, Johnson said, “This is part of the roadmap’s second step and it will take place at least five weeks after the first step– 8 March–but could be postponed if the prime minister and his advisers say it is necessary.”
International holidays banned until May 17:
Meanwhile, Johnson said that the international holidays would not be allowed before May 17. The government’s Global Travel Taskforce would issue a report by April 12 to recommend how to resume international travel safely. This will give people time to make their plans for the summer. However, the Prime Minister and his advisors will take a final decision on this.
On Monday, Johnson said in a statement, “Today I’ll be setting out a roadmap to bring us out of lockdown cautiously. Our priority has always been getting children back into school which we know is crucial for their education as well as their mental and physical wellbeing. We will also be prioritising ways for people to reunite with loved ones safely.”
UK suffered over 1,20,000 deaths so far:
Boris Johnson further said, “Our decisions will be made on the latest data at every step. We will be cautious about this approach so that we do not undo the progress we have achieved so far. The sacrifices each and every one of you has made to keep yourself and others safe. We have therefore set four key tests which must be met before we can move through each step.”
The British government has set a new July 31 target to ensure all adults have received their shots. So far, more than 17.5 million people have already received a single dose of the vaccine. Meanwhile, over 1,20,000 people have died in the country so far.