Boris Johnson has said that holidays look difficult with rising cases in Europe.
Resumption of international holiday/tourism doesn’t seem to be feasible in UK anytime soon as the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has made it known that it was too early to conclude whether foreign holidays will be allowed as rising cases in Europe will make things certainly look difficult at this time..
The Prime Minister gave April 5 to conclude on government stance as he hopes to give more information about foreign travel by then. This happens to be a week just before the Government’s global travel task force is due to give report.
“We already are aware that there’re other EU countries where the disease is presently on the rise so things apparently look tough at this period however we’ll be able to give more information hoping in a few days’ time, I surely presume by April 5”
Johnson also said many people are keen to know about what will happen on the holiday front and he know there is actually a great deal of curiosity and interest.
In this present road map to ease restrictions, the nearest date for people in England to go on holiday abroad would be May 17.
A senior scientific adviser had also suggested people could start planning for holiday in United Kingdom this summer.
A professor in UK, Professor Neil Ferguson, whose model actually led to the 1st UK lockdown in March 2020, noted that relaxing measures on borders too soon makes the success of the UK’s vaccination programme perilous.
He made mention that the danger from Europe is the coming in of new variants, or importation of cases of the chronic South African variant from countries where cases were on the high.
Prof Ferguson made it known that the effectiveness of the vaccines- AstraZeneca and Pfizer are likely reduce substantially by 60 or 50 percent in the face of variants.
What that implies is if transmission to resume, which will probably happen, by relaxing social distancing measures, is allowed, then there is a faint risk of going back to the period where there were increasing infections, increasing hospitalizations with people who have been vaccinated.
When asked if he was therefore in support of borders closure, Prof Ferguson said: “I am surely in support of relaxing border measures at a reduced rate than controls are being relaxed within the country, and doing all that can be done to lower the risk of importation of variants which is likely undermine our vaccination programme.”