Tight restrictions on international travel “should stay” in place all summer to prevent new variants from spreading in the UK, Labour MP Yvette Cooper has said.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Ms Cooper said she did not understand why the Government was “going ahead with lifting some of the international travel restrictions” on Monday.
She further said that restrictions should remain in effect for months to come, particularly amid fears over the spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus, which has seen several people in Bolton hospitalised.
It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed plans to push forward with the UK’s vaccination programme, with over-35s set to be able to book their coronavirus jabs within the coming days.
“This coming week we’re going to be opening up vaccination to the 35s-and-over across the country because this isn’t just about accelerating the vaccination programme in Bolton, it’s about going as fast as we…