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Amid rising Delta cases, Merkel pushes for ban on travellers from UK to EU

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  • German Chancellor Merkel wants UK to be designated as ‘country of concern’; it has been witnessing in rise of Covid-19 cases with the highly transmissible Delta variant

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been pushing for a ban on travellers from the United Kingdom to countries of the European Union irrespective of their vaccination status. Her plan, which comes in the wake of rising number of Covid-19 cases with the highly transmissible Delta variant of coronavirus, has been backed by French President Emmanuel Macron as well.

Merkel also wants Britain to be designated as a ‘country of concern because of its Covid situation.

Under the proposed plan, those visiting countries in the bloc will have to self-isolate for 14 days even if they have got both the doses of any available vaccine. The idea is to prevent the virus from spreading any further. However, many other countries are likely to oppose this restriction, considering the impact it could have on their tourism economy. These include Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Portugal. Spain, too, is likely to have its own border restrictions.

While travelling to an EU summit last year, Merkel had said that she would lobby for she “would lobby for a more co-ordinated approach, particularly with regard to entries from regions where virus variants abound”.

She had said the EU was “obviously concerned” about the Delta variant of coronavirus.

Boris Johnson to persuade Merkel to back down

Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson is likely to talk to Merkel when she arrives in the country on Friday. He will persuade her to soften her stance against travellers from UK.

The two leaders are also likely to discuss deepening the ties between their countries and the global response to the pandemic.

 

 

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