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Bonkers are a mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals, say DAVID DAVIS and DAVID BLUNKETT


When two politicians who have been arguing about politics for years are now on the same side of the dispute over a mandatory 14-day quarantine, it must be time to consider whether the government has done anything wrong.

The Home Secretary's policy is a devastating blow to anyone wanting to go abroad this summer, to the aviation industry and to British international companies.

Above all, it sends a signal to the rest of the world, be it in terms of international investment or the lucrative and essential university and research sector that Britain is closed to business.

Priti Patel argued that it was right to introduce the measures from June 8th and not at the beginning of the ban, as this would be the time when "it will be most effective".

David Blunkett

When two politicians who have fought over politics for years are now on the same side of the dispute over a mandatory 14-day quarantine, it must be time to think about whether the government has done something wrong, writes the former conservative Brexit Secretary DAVID DAVIS and former Home Secretary of Labor DAVID BLUNKETT

That makes no sense. If there was ever a right time for travel restrictions, it was at the beginning of the pandemic that it could have flattened the curve.

In February, the World Health Organization issued guidelines on the effectiveness of travel restrictions.

Such measures "could only be justified at the start of an outbreak as they may give countries time, if only a few days, to implement effective preventive measures quickly".

But the UK has chosen not to take this route, unlike countries like Australia and South Korea and Hong Kong, which banned travel from the Hubei province of China and then imposed restrictions on travelers from all countries entering the country. Daily quarantine for everyone who enters his country.

Not only is the timing of the government's announcement strange, the effectiveness of the strategy is also questionable.

Greece has announced that international flights to tourist destinations will gradually resume from July 1st.

The Home Secretary's policy is a devastating blow to anyone wanting to go abroad this summer, to the aviation industry and to British international companies

The Home Secretary's policy is a devastating blow to anyone wanting to go abroad this summer, to the aviation industry and to British international companies

But not many British tourists will fly to Greece if they have to be quarantined two weeks after their return.

This is especially true for those who have bothered to pay for a "big, lavish international holiday" to which Health Minister Matt Hancock refers.

Who pays the cancellation fees? It won't be the Greek hotel or the airline – it's not their fault.

Will the government pay? After all, it's her fault. We doubt it.

Here it is bet that it will be families who have to scrap their vacation.

In addition, comparative infection rates prove the nonsense of this policy.

In our part of the world, Yorkshire and Humber, there were 13,598 cases of the virus.

In all of Greece with around 10.7 million inhabitants, only 2,853 inhabitants were counted.

In our part of the world, Yorkshire and Humber, there were 13,598 cases of the virus

In our part of the world, Yorkshire and Humber, there were 13,598 cases of the virus

In other words, in Yorkshire and Humber it has been confirmed for every million people that 2,482 have the virus.

In Greece it is only 266 per million. Other countries have been more successful than Britain in containing the virus.

For example, infection rates in Cyprus, Malta and Latvia are consistently lower.

This means that someone traveling by train from Leeds or Doncaster to London without restrictions or controls is 4.7 times more likely to suffer from the virus than a vacationer returning from Greece to Heathrow.

Then there is the case of Scotland. Anyone crossing the border from Scotland to England will not be quarantined.

In all of Greece with around 10.7 million inhabitants, only 2,853 inhabitants were counted

In all of Greece with around 10.7 million inhabitants, only 2,853 inhabitants were counted

Again, this is nonsense of any scientific justification for restricting travel from areas with much lower infection rates.

The sensible way is to give vacationers the opportunity to travel to and from countries with lower infection rates and, if necessary, only quarantine travelers from countries with higher infection rates.

Of course, any policy must strike a careful balance between the need for public health and the economic and social impact if we try to return to some sort of normalcy.

Coronavirus has devastated our economy, especially in the aerospace and tourism sectors. Ryanair and British Airways alone cut 15,000 jobs.

The new blanket quarantine directive only serves to highlight the harmful effects of the virus on these sectors and to endanger further jobs.

The Minister of Transport has launched the idea of ​​"airlifts" that allow travelers to move freely between the UK and countries with low infection rates.

Downing Street and the Federal Foreign Office quickly classified the idea as "not practical".

Secretary of Transport Grant Shapps launched the idea of ​​"airlifts" that allow travelers to move freely between the UK and countries with low infection rates

Secretary of Transport Grant Shapps launched the idea of ​​"airlifts" that allow travelers to move freely between the UK and countries with low infection rates

However, it is possible to manage people returning from abroad. We can learn from countries like Austria, which has put in place a system at Vienna Airport that visitors or returning citizens can take a random sample test and, if they receive the all-clear, can avoid a 14-day quarantine period.

Other countries are introducing extensive temperature screening at airports.

Taken together, these measures could help identify passengers with the virus and treat and isolate them if necessary.

Greece is open to an airlift agreement with the UK. Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis said they would drop the quarantine requirement for British visitors if we did not impose the requirement on the Greeks who come here.

Allowing free travel to and from countries with a low infection rate appears to be a reasonable plan. This would help protect tourism jobs and slowly restore a sense of normalcy.

So the government has to think again.