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Johnson: Some foreign travel to be allowed from May 17


Johnson: Some foreign travel to be allowed from May 17
People enjoying La Concha beach in San Sebastián, northern Spain, last month. (BBC)

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London – Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated there will be some “opening up” of foreign travel on May 17 – but said it was important to be cautious.

More details are expected this week to confirm when and how international travel will restart in England.

Speaking on Monday, Johnson said “we’ll be saying more as soon as we can “but we have got to be very, very tough”.

He also said there was a “good chance” of the one-metre plus social distancing rule being scrapped on June 21.

He stressed any decision on changing the rules was dependent on the data.

On Monday, Public Health England reported 1 649 new cases alongside a single death within 28 days of a positive test across the United Kingdom (UK).

The recorded number of daily deaths is often lower at weekends and on bank holidays due to delays in reporting.

Fifty million doses of coronavirus vaccine had now been administered across the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed.

Johnson was speaking after a group of MPs called on the government to keep travel rules in place beyond mid-May.

The all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus said arrival halls in airports risked becoming a “breeding ground” for the virus.

The group of more than 60 MPs and peers said the government should discourage people from travelling abroad unless it was essential.

Foreign holidays are currently banned, but a traffic light system of rules is going to be introduced with countries classed as green, amber or red.

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 quarantine, while red-list countries have the strictest rules, with only UK or Irish nationals allowed to return and they must pay to stay in a government quarantine hotel.

Further details are expected this week, after the government said it will “set out by early May” how countries will be categorised. (BBC)