Former Prime Minister Theresa May may urge Johnson to stop COVID-19 testing for travelers


Former British Prime Minister Theresa May has requested that the UK government abandon the compulsory COVID-19 test for travelers arriving in the UK as it plans to lift most other coronavirus restrictions next week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on January 19 that the UK government would lift the UK’s “Plan B” restrictions, which were formulated as an emergency response plan in September but did not come into effect until early December.

The introduction of Plan B measures followed the emergence of Omicron variants of the COVID-19 virus and its subsequent rapid epidemic.

Restrictions included a return to mandatory masking in stores, public buildings, and public transport, and recommendations to work from home and be vaccinated if possible.

The government continues to require the general public to receive additional vaccines, but the restrictions will be lifted and the need for self-isolation of those who test positive for COVID-19 will end on March 24 at the latest.

However, May, who was taken over by Johnson in 2019, told the House of Commons on January 19 that the Prime Minister had made no mention of completing the tests still required for immigrants.

Quoting his previous statement to the Prime Minister, “We need to learn to live with COVID,” May said, “We need to make travel easier.” She quoted concerns from aviation industry experts who have been suffering terribly since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. These were repeated by Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee, a backbench group that has consistently opposed government-mandated COVID-19 restrictions.

When May asked the Prime Minister to clarify that inspections for people coming to the UK would also end when Plan B’s restrictions were lifted, Johnson replied that travel inspection arrangements were still under consideration. rice field.

He added that Health Minister Sajid Javid will issue a statement in the coming days.

The Prime Minister’s announcement on the abolition of Plan B, which was well received by his own party, produced a negative reaction from the National Education Union and a warning to “compatibility” from the National Health Service Union.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said he would support the move as long as he could show that the prime minister was backed by evidence.

In his May reply, the Prime Minister noted his view that the public must understand that gaining a booster dose is “important.”

Plan B restrictions will be lifted on January 26th.

Tim Ogden

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Tim Ogden is a freelance journalist with a special focus on the former Soviet Union.