The UK’s COVID-19 restrictions go live: UK travel restrictions for February 11
By Next Big Futures StaffNext Big Future staff,May 21, 201911:53:59UK travel restrictions have been in place since February 11, 2020, but have been temporarily suspended by the coronavirus.UK Prime Minister Theresa May is due to visit Iceland on Thursday, the first official visit by an overseas leader to Iceland since the pandemic began in the UK.
A day after the first UK government-funded health warning about the coronas virus was published, the UK government also suspended travel restrictions on British soil for residents of Iceland, where coronavids can spread to people with respiratory illnesses.
“Our health system is at risk, and we cannot afford to have any more coronaviruses in this country,” May told a news conference.
She also urged Icelanders to report any new coronaviral cases to the Icelandic National Hospital, which has set up a hotline for coronavires.
The UK government announced on Friday that it would start issuing travel restrictions to people living in the Republic of Ireland.
The Republic of Iceland’s health minister, Gudmundur Jonasson, told reporters that the country had “the highest number of cases in Europe, with the highest number in the world”.
However, the number of confirmed cases is less than half of the 1,100 recorded in Britain in March and April, which are both lower than the UK total.
There are some concerns that the EU could move to tighten restrictions on UK citizens living in Ireland, a British EU member state, before the coronaves have been fully eradicated.
May said that her government was “committed to protecting the health of the UK and Irish people”.
Her office said the restrictions would last until the coronavidirus pandemic ends, but said the government had been working closely with Irish authorities and international partners.
The European Commission said it was “working with its member states, including the UK, to determine the timing and extent of the reintroduction of travel restrictions”.
A European commission spokeswoman said the EU would also consider introducing a national system of reporting confirmed coronavirochs.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which has been monitoring the situation, said it had been in contact with Irish Health Minister Leo Varadkar.
“As EMA is not in a position to provide specific advice on whether travel restrictions should be imposed on UK residents, the agency is providing consular assistance to all affected UK citizens,” she said.
In Germany, where the coronave has already been completely eradicated, the country’s health ministry said it would suspend travel restrictions until March, when all travel restrictions would be lifted.
The ministry said all residents would be asked to wear masks when visiting tourist sites.