Fears are mounting that France will be added to the UK’s quarantine travel list, leaving thousands of Brits facing weeks in isolation upon their return.
Ministers are thought to be planning new measures for a swathe of countries that also encompasses Switzerland, Poland and the Netherlands amid a wave in European coronavirus cases.
They could join Spain and its islands on the table of countries where returnees will endure 14 days of self-isolation, possibly putting their jobs at risk.
It came as Boris Johnson warned that ministers will not hesitate to force a quarantine system for travellers from other countries to the United Kingdom if needed, and speaking on a visit to a school in Upminster, Essex, he stated that he didn’t want to advise people about their individual holidays, personal decisions and that they should look at the travel guidance from the Foreign Office clearly.
But what he did say was that he hoped people would expect them to do this, in the context of a global pandemic, and that they’ve got to keep looking at the data in all countries to which British people want to go.
It’s been a tremendous struggle for the entire population of the country to get the disease down to the levels that we’re currently seeing, but of course, we don’t want reinfection, and apparently, that’s why our Government are keeping a particularly close eye on the data in destinations around the globe.
Spain has now been hit with new travel constraints in a setback to its tourism reliant economy, while there are concerns that France, Germany and Holland could be put back on the UK’s quarantine list after spikes in cases there.
Summer holidays have been blamed for rising cases in Germany and Italy, while France has tightened its face mask rule in tourist hotspots such as Paris and the Mediterranean retreat of Saint Tropez.
Nevertheless, Europe has yet to see a significant spike in mortality or hospital cases, amid indications that many of those testing positive are young and less vulnerable to the virus.
France has accumulated 10,002 new cases in the last week, the highest number since April and a clear increase from 7,391 the week before, and the Government’s COVID 19 scientific council warned last week that France could at any time lose restraint over the spread of the virus.
Some French towns are now needing face masks outside, including the Mediterranean resort of Saint Tropez and other tourist regions.
Paris and Marseille, the two largest cities in France, have both ordered mask-wearing in congested outside spaces such as open-air markets and the banks of the Seine.
Asked if France could be added to the quarantine list, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said that they keep the data for all countries and regions under continuous review and that any decisions to update the exemptions list would be notified by the latest health data so that they can move swiftly.
And that they’ve been updating the exemptions list on a weekly basis in order to make sure that it reflects the shifts in the international health picture, and it was added that if there was a necessity to act very rapidly in order to preserve public health, they would not hesitate to do so.
Sadly, during the pandemic, there isn’t a risk-free way of travelling abroad, although the population’s made a tremendous effort in getting the virus down to levels that we’re now seeing in the United Kingdom.
However, the Government can amend the list at any time and they can also exclude countries from that exemption list, if there’s a maintained improvement in the health situation in a particular country, then they can restore exemptions or add some new ones.
But there also fears rising of a blaze of jobs amid warnings a third of firms are planning to lay off workers this autumn, and shock analysis has discovered huge numbers of businesses expect to axe positions in the third quarter of the year as coronavirus rams the economy.
Many of the cuts are set to come from hospitality industries such as hotels, restaurants and cafes, as well as stores that were already on the brink before the pandemic.
The hit surfaced in a poll conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with the recruiters Adecco Group, and Labour demanded that the Government ditches plans to abandon the furlough scheme completely by October, forcing employers to take on the entire cost of workers salaries again.
Meanwhile, figures released this week were scheduled to establish that the United Kingdom has formally entered a recession, with the second quarter of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracting, and official jobs data had been scheduled.
Figures are generally expected to show the economy declined massively during the second quarter following the pressure of the virus lockdown.
That comes after output dipped in the first three months of the year. Two successive quarters of contraction officially identifies a recession, which would be the first since the financial crisis hit.
Separate figures from the Insolvency Service have shown that more than 139,000 jobs were lost in June, and the number of firms that cut 20 or more roles throughout June was up fivefold compared to last year, increasing to 1,778.
And economic figures are expected to emphasise the scale of problems, with job figures and the lastest GDP estimate coming, and there are concerns that enormous numbers of people working from home is causing damage as businesses that rely on busy offices, from sandwich shops and pubs to dry cleaners and hairdressers will be stripped of custom.
Sandwich shop chains Pret a Manger and Upper Crust have now axed thousands of jobs between them, with Pret a Manger asking workers to take reduced hours.
Gerwyn Davies, of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said companies were now facing the possibility of growing costs as the Government winds down its job furlough scheme.
And for numerous firms, the problem is that revenues are just not coming in, and there’s undoubtedly going to be a number of job losses, and firms that announced plans to lay off workers in June included Royal Mail, Jet2, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover, Centrica and the Restaurant Group, owner of Frankie and Benny’s.
Comparable announcements ensued from other big names in July, such as Marks & Spencer, Boots and John Lewis, and High Street stores have been hammered particularly hard by the pandemic, with lockdown measures dramatically diminishing visitor numbers and forcing non-essential stores to shut for months.
But the jobs bloodbath is expected to intensify when the Government’s furlough scheme winds down in October. However, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been asked to prolong the scheme for specific sectors that have been worst hit but has so far resisted pressure to do so.
And Shadow Business Minister Lucy Powell asked for the Government to urgently rethink their rigorous strategy, which will see the furlough scheme end completely in October.
The Labour MP said that the variable nature of the disease means that public health measures must be flexible and responsive, but it surely must follow that economic measures are to be the same and that it was clearly wrong and unethical to stop firms from opening their doors, cutting them off from any income, and to cut their furlough line at the same time.
They’ve stated that they can’t protect every job, but what we’re seeing is a blaze of jobs on the pyre. And what they need to do is target their support on the hardest-hit sectors or be accountable for another surge of mass redundancies.
As part of strategies to set an example and to get the nation running again, the Government has told civil servants, four-fifths of whom are still working remotely, to get back to work in central London or risk losing their prestigious Westminster offices, and Treasury officials are said to be contemplating a mass sell-off of the Government’s buildings in the metropolis before this autumn’s spending review.
And then we have the dodgy testing of the coronavirus, which means more contamination, but we’ve seen stuff like this before in media coverage with Weapons of Mass Destruction and theoretical nuclear weapons, which turned out to be propaganda.
And now if someone gets hit by a car, apparently they died of coronavirus, or if someone died of a heart attack, they died of the coronavirus, and Spain is doing a pretty good job at local transmission.
And it’s ludicrous as we continually see how it’s being blamed on tourists only because a lot of the spread has come from the inhabitants of Madrid and Barcelona, where infections are higher as they head off to their holiday homes in the south, taking the virus with them.
There were also cases caused by fruit pickers from Peru, from families gathering for larger gatherings with no social distancing and lots of customary hugs and kisses upon greeting, and this belief that Spain has a surge in cases because of tourists, especially ones from the United Kingdom is crazy.
And one of the many discrepancies in the COVID 19 narrative, going right back to March when people were put under house arrest, borders remained open to legal and illegal traffic, and with regards to the latter, you simply wouldn’t permit illegal immigrants to repeatedly breach borders in a genuine pandemic.
But don’t worry, if you need to get home from France in a hurry, there’s a fleet of rubber boats crossing from Calais to Dover you can use, and Boris Johnson has lost the plot, or our politicians are having a chuckle at our expense, while all the wealthy people are prancing all over the globe, and it seems that all unauthorised immigrants are welcome, so roll up, roll up.
And then we have Boris Johnson trying frantically to look like the strong caring type in images with children, but he really looks like a big overweight kid himself, desperate to look great but won’t do what needs to be done.
The Government has zero control over this country – the billionaire elites call the shots for their own control and good, and that’s been the plight for hundreds of years, as has been documented over and over again, yet the sheeple of this world will do exactly as they’re told.
We live in a beautiful country, simply stay at home people because why would you want to go travelling overseas when you can simply stay here and have an enjoyable holiday?
The sun has been blazing, we’ve had some gorgeous weather, and there is some beautiful places in England that people can go and visit instead of travelling overseas.
And the way our Government has handled this whole crisis has been a hodge-podge from start to end, and Boris Johnson couldn’t organise his sock drawer, let alone the country.
And why not just close all UK borders, that way people will know where they can holiday, the United Kingdom! Holiday here in the United Kingdom – stay safe, help yourself, and also help our own hospitality industry which has taken a heavy thrashing this year, it makes sense.
Over the years there has been increasing ease and affordability of air travel and mobility of people, airborne, foodborne, vector-borne, and zoonotic infectious disease are being transferred during commercial air travel, and this is an important public health problem.
And a heightened fear of bioterrorism agents has prompted health officials to re-examine the potential of these agents that could be spread by air travel, and the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak of 2002 revealed how air travel can have a significant part in the accelerated velocity of newly emerging infections and can even start pandemics.
Billions of tourists travel by air annually, and many of those travel to the developing world, and even though it’s seldom reported and extremely hard to evaluate accurately, there’s a danger of disease transmission during air travel, and that risk has now become the focus of increased awareness.
During a flight, the aircraft cabin is a ventilated, confined environment that exposes passengers to hypobaric hypoxia, dry humidity, and close proximity to fellow travellers.
This space is regulated by an environmental system that controls pressurisation, temperature, ventilation, and air filtration on the aircraft, and even though this system is completely automated, the number of air conditioning packs in operation, zone temperatures, and the mixture of fresh and recirculated air delivered to the cabin can be managed by the flight deck.
When a plane is parked at the terminus, fresh air is furnished to the aircraft by auxiliary power units, but throughout the flight, fresh air is supplied into the cabin from the engines where the air is heated, compressed, cooled, and passed into the cabin to be circulated by the ventilation system.
The outside air is supposed to be sterile at normal cruising altitudes, and air circulation patterns aboard standard commercial aircraft are side to side (laminar) with air penetrating the cabin from overhead, travelling across the aircraft, and exiting the cabin near the floor.
Most commercial aircraft in service recirculate 50 per cent of the air delivered to the passenger cabin for improved control of cabin circulation, humidity, and fuel performance.
This recirculated air normally moves through high-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA) before transmission into the cabin.
Normal airline cabin air exchange rates range from 15 to 20 air changes per hour compared with 12 air changes per hour for a typical office building, but cabin air quality has been the focus of numerous media investigations and critique from special interest groups.
Most of this interest is associated with the perception that airborne particles are spread throughout the entire cabin by the ventilation system.
This prompted the UK government to form the Aviation Health Working Group in 2000 to further examine health aspects of air travel, including cabin air quality and safety.
There are four routes for the spread of microorganisms, contact, airborne, common vehicle, and vector-borne.
Contact transmission involves close contact in which body to body contact takes place or indirect place in which the susceptible person comes into contact with a contaminated intermediate host (fomite).
Large droplet transmission is judged a form of contact transmission in which large droplets (microns) polluted with microorganisms are generated when a contaminated person sneezes, coughs or talks.
These droplets are propelled short distances and deposited on a susceptible hosts conjunctiva or mucosa, and airborne transmission occurs by aerosolization of an infectious agent through droplet nuclei (residua of large droplets containing microorganisms that have evaporated.
These remaining droplets become aerosolised and disperse extensively, dependant on the environmental condition, and remain suspended in the air for an indefinite time.
Common vehicle transmission involves one inanimate vehicle, which carries infection to numerous hosts, and typically applies to microorganisms spread by food and water.
Vector-borne transmission results from the spread of disease by insects and vermin and all types of disease transmission is relevant where air travel is involved.
When are people going to wake up and really listen to what our Government are discussing and truly think about it, and why are we letting the Tories get away with this – controlling us like animals?
Everybody should be questioning this aberration now and thinking that something really isn’t right, and now it seems that Boris Johnson doesn’t have any power at all. Neither does he have a brain or the manpower to implement, and other Labour MPs look like geniuses compared to Boris.
Boris Johnson seeks to appear bold as brass but in fact, he’s feeble in body and in mind, while he criticises others for his absolute ineptitude. Yet he still continues to be the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – why? Because feeble people voted him in.
And I wonder what percentage of people will quarantine in the United Kingdom, when and if there’s a second lockdown? Dominic Cummings presumably won’t be one of them because he’s too self-centred and self-indulgent, and we probably won’t be free of this virus until we have a vaccine or it simply burns itself out, which is more plausible.
But I suppose you have to be pragmatic because there may never be an effective vaccine – in the meantime, the economy will go down the drain and thousands of lives will be destroyed for years to come.
Then we have Sweden, they didn’t have lockdown and guess how many deaths they had, none. So, let’s just stop this, stay at home, save lives stupidity and let’s return to some sort of normalcy, instead of making the country panic because the Government loves the control.
That doesn’t mean that Boris Johnson shouldn’t stop illegals coming into the United Kingdom, he should. So, if you’re from another country and you’re not here to work, to study or to put something back into our society, then don’t bother because we can’t accept every asylum seeker with a hidden agenda.
Our Government can’t embrace them with open arms. Send them to extravagant hotels while waiting for a nice little home, benefits, free translator service and I almost forgot, a free television licence, while taxpayers are told they will have to wait longer for their pensions that they paid into their whole lives.
And Government incompetence is simply staggering, and does anyone else think that Boris Johnson has actually lost his mind – mind you, he’d have to have a mind in the first place to lose it.
And all of this is just a shattered crack now, and the Government here are the ones around the globe are panicky pitiful nanny state scaredy-cat clueless self-righteous thick-witted dimwits who are just seeking to run people’s lives.
And the worst people? The general public who simply kneel down and let it all happen to them, and it doesn’t matter whether we wear muzzles or not, the economy has been destroyed, and then we get penalised for it and we’re locked down – all that matters is leaving the EU, then supposedly we’ll be free again.
And who cares what the Government say, only the sheeple who have been conditioned by enforcement and bovine obedience, and people should open their eyes because our Government are watching the public domain, and eventually monitoring of people will become a whole lot more.
France resents our failure to arrive at a Brexit deal, and it could be unforgiving. British fishermen could have their fish supplies cut, lorry drivers as well, and imports of food and wine could also cease.
Some of our electricity is generated in France, with most of the UK’s imported electricity coming from France, via a 2 gigawatt (GW) electricity interconnector between the two countries that opened in 1986.
And if they did choose to close the tunnel then the United Kingdom would be in serious trouble, and Europe would be over the moon because then they could humiliate and isolate the United Kingdom.
This virus is a mind virus which is infecting people that is far more dangerous than anyone could have imagined, and over time will consume humanity and destroy millions.
It invades the mind of its prey and incapacitates their ability to use logic and critical reasoning and to challenge dangerous authority systems, and this virus is restructuring our whole way of life, and left untreated will cause the will of the human spirit to be extinguished and be under totalitarian rule – intentionally playing with our minds, and since the figure fiddling, it’s actually made people realise what’s happening.
And all that Boris Johnson is doing is trying to prove that he’s attempting to do something, but he’s a weak leader, and this country has been ravaged by all the COVID 19 restrictions.
If this was a flu pandemic, which can kill many people, we would have been told to get on with it, but I do despair for the millions of people who have mortgages, bills et cetera – they need to work.
The confusion over an increase in infections, from a virus where there’s near on 99 per cent survival rate, presumably higher as not everyone is tested. Well, people just can’t wrap their heads around it, yet the Government are urging people to get out there and spend, spend, spend, including going on holiday, then they take it away at the drop of a hat.
But it’s all about control – terror and fear, to make people feel isolated, desperate, depressed, afraid and to send them into a pathway of dreadful vaccines so that high tech giants and pharmaceutical giants can make a profit.
The majority of people in the country are fit, well and healthy and are out enjoying the summer, but the next flu season is virtually upon us, and doctors will be asking people to roll up, roll up for their flu vaccines and probably a non-safe COVID vaccine that will be the new offering.
The entire system has panned out precisely how it was supposed to, bit by bit, more control and panic, inconvenience to people, destruction of weddings, livelihoods, and family gatherings, and we’re now threatened with a future of over 30 years to pay for this.
So, now Boris Johnson is going to be ruthless about this pandemic, but it’s so utterly ridiculous, it’s tragic, and he’s not made one good judgment call since the beginning of this pandemic, he also didn’t bother to attend the flood sites either, what a dreadful Prime Minister.
And then there was the debate about locking down the over 50’s, but actually, it looks like the imprisoning of the over 50’s, which is shocking. That’s because when you get to over 50 you cost too much money in wages and health care, and this could all lead to a rather sinister end.