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PremierLeague-News.Com- The government will give more information on when foreign holidays could be allowed before May 17
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Transport Secretary Grant Schapps has stated that people can begin to think about foreign travel again, though he stopped short of suggesting that people should book their trips already. Mr Schapps spoke after the government's Global Travel Taskforce's plans for resuming international travel were criticised by the transport industry. The plans were lambasted for a lack of clarity, while the proposed use of £120 Covid-19 coronavirus tests was said to have the potential to price people out of foreign travel. However, Mr Shapps said that the framework for resuming overseas leisure travel was a “cautious move” to prevent variants of concern entering the country, adding that the government will give more information on when foreign holidays could be allowed before May 17. That date is the earliest possible date in the road map for international travel to resume, but the Transport Secretary told Sky News: “I’m not telling people that they shouldn’t book some holidays now, it’s the first time I’ve been able to say that for many months, I think everybody doing it understands there are risks with coronavirus. Click below to sign up for email updates CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. “For the first time, people can start to think about visiting loved ones abroad, or perhaps a summer holiday, but we’re doing it very, very cautiously because we don’t want to see any return of coronavirus in this country. “What we’ve got today is a framework for doing that, so there’s a traffic light system you have been talking about – red, amber, green. “And in the green category, we’ll try to make it as affordable as possible to travel. “But taking an abundance of caution as we go, because we don’t want to throw away all the good work of these lockdowns and people coming forward for vaccines by picking up variants of concern or anything else. “So it’s a cautious move but at least it provides that framework for people.” Mr Shapps also said he was looking to “drive down the costs” of coronavirus tests required for international travel to resume. “Costs are definitely a concern, it’s one of the factors this year, and we have to accept we’re still going through a global pandemic,” he told Sky News.
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. “But, I am undertaking today to drive down the costs of those tests and looking at some innovative things we could do. “For example, whether we can help provide the lateral flow test that people need to take before they depart the country that they are in to return to the UK. “And also drive down the costs of the test when they get home if it’s in the green category, where it’s just a single test.” Mr Shapps also said that there should be a “bit more notice” on countries moving out of the “green” list. “The green watchlist is designed to help people to get some forward guidance,” he told Sky News.
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“Now, I can’t guarantee that that will always be absolutely 100% available, we may have to make very quick decisions as we had to last year. “If you have for example a variation in the coronavirus, you usually have at least a couple of weeks whilst you’re sequencing that to see whether it’s actually a variation of concern, where the mutation is more significant. “And so that will give people a period of time to potentially know, so that’s the first thing, we should have a bit more notice this year.” However, Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said that the government has not given enough detail about its traffic light travel system for it to be properly scrutinised by MPs.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said: “The problem that I have is that the system hasn’t been outlined in detail. “The government has spoken about factors like vaccination rates, infection rates, the position with variants and also about the level of genomic sequencing – but I have no idea what the levels of each of those are, for the government to place countries into the green category, amber or red. “And instead what we’ve had this week, once again, is this system being drip-fed into the media day by day. “We then have it announced on a day when Parliament isn’t sitting, so we can’t go to the Commons and ask either the Home Secretary or the Transport Secretary to set out the details of this. That’s extremely frustrating.” Mr Thomas-Symonds added that since the government introduced “a very limited form of hotel quarantine” on February 15, 150,000 people “have entered the country who are totally unaccounted for” according to “reports in the media”.
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