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Eased travel restrictions risks new Covid-19 variants ‘running rampant’ in Britain, Labour warns

Fully vaccinated tourists from EU and US allowed to visit without having to quarantine

NEW Covid-19 variants are at risk of “running rampant,” Labour warned today as Tory ministers ease restrictions for EU and US travellers to England. 

From 4am on Monday, fully vaccinated tourists from the two destinations can visit without having to quarantine, the government confirmed on Wednesday. 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab hailed the “smart, sensible” approach, but Labour sounded the alarm after the Cabinet was reportedly told that the move posed a clear public health risk.

Ministers’ failure to contain the much more infectious Delta variant, imported from India, has seen it become the dominant strain in Britain, leading Labour to dub it the “Johnson variant.”

Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon slammed the government’s “recklessness and confusion” over border policy. 

“[It is] setting out changes in policy without the scientific data we need to make sure we don’t see another Johnson variant,” he said.

Devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales confirmed they would follow suit, stressing different policies across Britain would be ineffective.

A record 689,313 self-isolation alerts were sent by the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales in the week to July 21, official figures showed today. 

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