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Karl Lauterbach believes that cutting vacation plans for millions of Britons is the only way to stop the highly infectious Delta variant from spreading across mainland Europe. Last month, Germany and France banned non-essential travelers from the UK over concerns about the variant.
SDP politician and health expert now believes all 27 EU countries should adopt this policy.
He told German newspaper BILD: “Given the dramatic development of the crown in the UK in the middle of the main travel season, an embargo on travel from the UK to Europe would be desirable.
“It is totally incomprehensible why there are no strict EU-wide entry restrictions for travelers from Britain.
“The minimum would be a 10-day quarantine with the first test after five days for Brits in all EU countries.
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The rising case rate has raised concerns, but Public Health England said the vaccine rollout continues to have a “crucial effect on hospital admissions and deaths”.
Much of the EU is lagging behind the UK when it comes to vaccinating their own populations against the virus – raising fears that the Delta variant could wreak havoc on their recovery.
Despite advances, Germany and France have so far failed to match the UK’s deployment – possibly causing Mr Lauterbach to explode.
In response, Transport Minister Grant Shapps told Sky News on Friday that “each country will have to draw its own conclusions.”
He added: “Germany does not have the same level of vaccination (like the UK), so they are particularly concerned.”
He also rejected speculations that there would be an EU-wide ban on British travelers.
Speaking to Times Radio, he said: “I don’t think there will be an EU-wide policy.
“Malta is certainly not going to restrict UK travelers as Malta has very high vaccination rates.”
The news emerged as the UK government paved the way for holidaymakers to fly to 16 destinations, including the Balearic Islands, the Caribbean and Malta.
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.