Shomporko Desk:-Britain is permitting travellers from dozens of countries to arrive without self-isolating for 14 days, but Canada and the U.S. aren’t on the list.
On Friday, the British government declared it might cancel the 2 weeks self-isolation requirement for people arriving from countries esteemed a “lower chance” for the coronavirus.
As per the direction, travellers who have just been to or halted in the countries on the list during the past 14 days won’t need to self-isolate upon their arrival in Britain.
Some of the countries on the “tour corridor” list include Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand.
Both Canada and the U.S. Did no longer make the list.
With confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbing in 40 of 50 U.S. states and a record 52,300 newly reported cases on Friday, the U.S. remains the hardest-hit country in the world.
Canada, on the other hand, has seen a steady overall decline in new cases in recent weeks.
Other notable omissions from the list of 59 countries include Russia, Sweden, Portugal, India, and China. No countries in North, Central, or South America were given the exemption.
U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained that countries will be given a colour based on a traffic-light system – meaning green is for low risk, amber is for medium-risk, and red is for high-risk.
The U.S., for example, falls into the red category, according to the secretary.
The changes come into effect July 10 and only apply to arrivals in England with the semi-autonomous administrations in the rest of the U.K. – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – refusing to lift the quarantine period for travellers on the list.
The British government has chosen to relax the travel restrictions despite the fact that the U.K. has recorded nearly 44,000 deaths related to coronavirus, only behind the U.S. and Brazil as countries with the most deaths worldwide.
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News source: The Associated Press