UK Residence Secretary Priti Patel is eager to shut the UK borders to passengers from international COVID-19 hotspots such because the US, Iran and China, much like strikes taken by India, based on a UK media report.
The senior Indian-origin Cupboard minister feels guests from sure nations shouldn’t be persevering with to fly into the UK when the federal government has put the nation in lockdown to halt the unfold of the lethal virus, which has claimed 465 lives throughout Britain.
Ms Patel is in search of cross-government help for the transfer that may cease the day by day flights from Tehran, New York and Los Angeles and Beijing, claimed a “Every day Telegraph” report.
“We’re most involved concerning the day by day flights from the US and Iran that are coming in each day,” the newspaper quoted a supply as saying.
“We wish to cease non-EEA (European Financial Space) nationals from flying into the UK. The EU will not be an issue for probably the most half as a result of their home lockdowns are so extreme,” the supply mentioned.
There are round 100,000 passengers arriving at UK airports day by day, largely Britons returning house after UK overseas secretary Dominic Raab referred to as on all British vacationers and short-stay travellers to return to the UK as quickly as doable whereas flights had been nonetheless obtainable.
Passengers exhibiting signs of the coronavirus an infection will not be allowed to board flights in hotspot nations.
Nonetheless, there are not any well being or temperature checks for passengers arriving within the UK. They’re requested to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival however there isn’t a technique of implementing this.
Reportedly the problem of banning flights into the UK has been raised at a Cupboard committee coordinating the UK authorities”s response to the coronavirus pandemic however is but to be resolved.
India had imposed a ban on flights from Iran earlier this month and has since imposed stricter measures, together with airport closures, because the nation went right into a 21-day strict lockdown this week.