Citizens in Britain were advised by the minister responsible for the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program Nadhim Zahawi not to book their summer holidays abroad yet, as tougher border measures are set to be introduced.
“It’s far too early, there are still 37,000 people in hospital with Covid at the moment, it’s far too early for us to even speculate about the summer,” Zahawi said, according to a report by Reuters.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair a meeting with senior ministers later on Tuesday, during which, the issue of introducing quarantine hotels for those arriving in Britain will be discussed.
The possible measure would aim at preventing the risk of “vaccine-busting” new coronavirus variants entering the country. If introduced, it could be among the toughest measures adopted in Europe and a major blow to the already suffering travel industry.
“The government is looking at, as the prime minister has confirmed, the hotel quarantine policy, and we’ll make an announcement on this in the appropriate way,” Zahawi told BBC.