Strict restrictions on international travel “should remain” in place throughout the summer to prevent the spread of new variants in the UK, Labor MP Yvette Cooper said.
Speaking on the BBC Spectacle d’Andrew Marr On Sunday, Ms Cooper said she did not understand why the government was “moving forward with lifting some of the restrictions on international travel” on Monday.
She further said the restrictions are expected to remain in place for months to come, especially amid fears over the spread of the Indian variant of the coronavirus, which has seen several people in Bolton hospitalized.
It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed his intention to move the UK’s vaccination program forward, with those over 35 to be able to reserve their coronavirus vaccines in the coming days.
“Next week we’re going to open up vaccination to people 35 and over across the country, because it’s not just about speeding up the vaccination program in Bolton, it’s about going as fast as possible in the whole country, ”he told the BBC.
Mr Hancock further said on Sunday that the first evidence from the University of Oxford has given the government “a high degree of confidence” that the vaccines work against the Indian variant of Covid-19.
Speaking on Sky News Sophy Ridge Sunday, the Health Secretary said the first findings meant England could “stay on track” with plans to further ease coronavirus restrictions on Monday.
However, he said that a “cautious, cautious and vigilant” approach was still needed and said it was too early to say whether the release of the Indian variant could have an impact on plans to lift the restrictions completely. Covid in June.
British Airways cabin crew ‘do not show up for flights to India’ amid spread of variants
British Airways cabin crew reportedly failed to show up for flights to India amid the country’s record coronavirus crisis.
According to The sun, British Airways have reportedly interrupted overnight stopovers in India to encourage cabin crews to continue flying there despite the spread of the Indian Covid variant.
Airline bosses were also reportedly forced to write to staff asking them not to take time off work.
Chantal Da SilvaMay 16, 2021 11:54 AM
Rangers fans kicked out of Glasgow George Square after ‘shameful’ scenes
Rangers fans have been forced to leave George Square in Glasgow due to ‘growing disorder’ after hours-long celebrations despite warnings against mass public gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands of fans flooded the city streets on Saturday after the team won their first Scottish Premiership trophy in a decade.
Crowds were evacuated just after 9 p.m., with Scottish police describing their behavior as ‘shameful’ amid efforts to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
Chantal Da SilvaMay 16, 2021 11:35 AM
Hancock defends role in helping ex-Tory minister secure major Covid-19 contract
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he thought it was “perfectly reasonable” for him to send a proposal for PPE from Brooks Newmark to officials for review.
Facing questions about the BBC Spectacle d’Andrew Marr on its role in the agreement following a report by Le Sunday Times On emails detailing exchanges related to the offer from Mr Hancock and Mr Newmark, the health secretary defended his actions.
Noting that the offer provided for the supply of 90 million protective eyewear to NHS workers, Mr Hancock said: ‘Yes, it was entirely appropriate for people to come into contact with anyone in the Department of Health when the country is in desperate need of PPE.
“I sent this contact directly to the PPE team and they looked at it,” he said. “I have nothing to do with awarding contracts.”
Time reported that the Department of Health awarded a £ 178million contract for goggles on June 1.
Already, the government has been accused of “cronyism” and “VIP treatment” of people linked to the Conservative Party throughout the pandemic.
Mr Hancock insisted that was not what happened here, saying he ‘had just pinged [the offer] at “.
Asked about a message from Mr Hancock’s assistant to Lord Deighton, the head of the government’s EPP, who called the proposal “excellent” and said the health secretary wished it to be considered “d ’emergency’, Mr Hancock said: ‘What I can tell you is that we had a process in place to ensure that when there were opportunities to procure PPE, to save lives on the front lines , that they be promptly reviewed – and in this case we ended up with 90 million glasses for people in the NHS as a result of this approach. “
He said this was part of the “process to ensure that where there were high quality offers they could be accepted quickly, this process was open to everyone and so many people went through this process” .
“And the result was that we saved lives on the front line and at no point did we have a national PPE failure and I’m incredibly proud of my team who achieved that.
“But of course when someone approaches the Secretary of Health in the midst of a pandemic while you are desperately short of PPE, it is perfectly reasonable for the Secretary of Health to send an email and say we can take a look at that and then I have nothing to do with signing any of these contracts, ”he said.
Chantal Da SilvaMay 16, 2021 11:17 AM
Fears of Indian variant grow among hotel workers as they reopen
The unions have called on employers to do all they can to protect workers and bosses as the indoor hotel industry reopens on Monday.
The TUC has warned that high vaccination rates are “no excuse” for loosening the enforcement of Covid safety measures for staff and customers.
Chantal Da SilvaMay 16, 2021 11:03 AM
Coronavirus vaccines to be offered to over 35s in days, says Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock has confirmed that those over 35 will be able to book their Covid-19 jabs from some point in the coming days.
Speaking on the BBC, the Health Secretary said people over 35 will be able to book jabs “this coming week”.
Chantal Da SilvaMay 16, 2021 10:42 AM
Travel restrictions ‘should stay’ all summer, says Yvette Cooper
Yvette Cooper, chair of the House of Commons home affairs committee, said travel restrictions “should stay” all summer amid the spread of the Indian variant of the coronavirus.
The Labor MP said the government needed to take “a much stronger and more careful approach” to borders to prevent new variants from entering the UK.
Chantal Da SilvaMay 16, 2021 10:28
Government shouldn’t move forward with easing travel restrictions, says Yvette Cooper
Yvette Cooper, chair of the House of Commons home affairs committee, said the government should not go ahead with lifting restrictions on international travel on Monday.
“I think the government needs to slow down its plans,” Ms Cooper told the BBC. Spectacle d’Andrew Marr on Sunday.
“I don’t understand why they are going ahead with lifting some of the international travel restrictions tomorrow,” she said.
Although she said she wanted to see international travel move forward, the country’s ‘home quarantine’ system and Covid surveillance in other countries needed improvement.
“If there are safeguards against new variants, of course we want to be able to get into international travel,” she said.
Chantal Da SilvaMay 16, 2021 10:04 AM
Five in Bolton hospitalized with Indian variant, says Hancock
At least five people in Bolton have been hospitalized with the Indian variant of the coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.
Speaking on the BBC Spectacle d’Andrew Marr, the health secretary said that one hospitalized person received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while another received two injections.
In a previous interview on Sky’s Sophy Ridge Sunday, He said early research from the University of Oxford has given the government great confidence that coronavirus vaccines will be able to fight the Indian variant.
However, he said the government would monitor available data and make decisions based on that information.
He said it was still too early to say whether the ramp-up of the variant could have an impact on the planned full easing of coronavirus restrictions in June.
Chantal Da SilvaMay 16, 2021 10:01 AM
Mandatory vaccines not the ‘right approach’, says Hancock
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he didn’t think making Covid vaccinations mandatory in areas where cases of the Indian variant are high would be the “right approach”.
Speaking on the BBC The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We don’t think this is the right approach… we think you might end up discouraging more people”.
Instead, he said the government is looking to make the vaccine more accessible in places like Bolton, where cases of the variant are on the rise.
Chantal Da SilvaMay 16, 2021 9:56 AM
Indian variant should have people “worried, but not panicked”, expert says
The spread of the Indian variant of the coronavirus is expected to have people “worried, but not panicked,” a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said.
Speaking on the BBC Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Professor John Edmunds said that while the variant poses a “new threat,” the situation is currently not what it was at Christmas when the Kent variant was detected.
“I think we should worry but not panic. We’re in a much, much better place now than we were when the Kent variant first hit us in November and December, ”he said.
“Today, hospitals are fortunately empty or practically empty of Covid patients and two-thirds of the adult population have been vaccinated,” he continued.
“So we’re in a much better position now to deal with this new threat – and it’s a new threat – but we’re not in the same position we were in December.”