A cross-party parliamentary group has urged the government to introduce stricter checks at airports and curbs on international travel to prevent Covid-19 cases being imported into the UK.
There are particular fears over new variants of the virus that could evade current vaccines.
In a report published today, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus called on ministers to discourage all but essential overseas travel and introduce stronger protections against Covid-19.
It sets out a series of recommendations to “ensure that the hard-won progress in tackling the virus is not lost and mistakes of the past are not repeated”.
Currently, the government plans to reopen international travel on May 17th, with a ‘traffic light’ system detailing which countries are safe to visit.
However, Lucy Moreton of the Immigration Services Union warned that long queues at airports posed a “significant risk” to border staff and travellers, while professor Deenan Pillay from University College London warned that the failure to separate arrivals from amber and red countries “made a nonsense of things”.
Moreton also told MPs that border staff spot around 100 fake Covid-19 test certificates a day, mostly if there is a spelling error, and…