NEW traffic light rules are being created so that people can go on holiday abroad.
Foreign holidays are banned completely until 17 May because of COVID-19 but, after that, countries will be on either a green, amber or red list.
Travellers to green countries will not need to isolate on their return, but they will need to take a COVID test.
Arrivals from amber countries will need to isolate for ten days, while red list countries have the strictest rules. Only UK residents and Irish citizens can return, and must pay to stay in a quarantine hotel for ten days.
However, some people think we still shouldn’t be allowed to travel outside the UK at all. A group of MPs says the Government should ban people from travelling for longer.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus says airports will help the virus spread, because arrivals will mix together whether they have travelled from green, amber or red countries.
They say we are opening ourselves up to bringing new variants of the virus into Britain, just when we are recovering from the pandemic here. The group says people should stay in Britain and have a ‘staycation’ in this country instead of travelling abroad.
The first ministers of Scotland and Wales have already said that 17 May is too early for us to be able to go on foreign holidays.
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson thinks the traffic light system will mean the UK can manage the risk from other countries.
The UK’s daily coronavirus infection numbers are dropping steadily. And we hit another vaccine milestone this week when the number of people to have received two doses of the jab passed 15 million. More than 34 million people have had at least one dose.
The picture is not so good in the rest of the world. Things are especially bad in India, where they have a shortage of oxygen to treat people suffering with COVID-19. The country of 1.3 billion had 3,689 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, with another 400,000 new cases reported. The UK has already sent 495 oxygen concentrators and 200 ventilators to help, and is sending a further 1,000 ventilators as the crisis worsens.
Alarm bells are ringing in other countries in South Asia, too, and surges of coronavirus are being seen in countries such as Brazil and Canada.
In total, known global infections are well over 150 million.
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