Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Mitsotakis Urges UK to Lift Entry Restrictions Against Arrivals From Greece

The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has urged the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to revise the restrictions imposed against arrivals from Greece.

Mitsotakis met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson while they both were attending the NATO Summit in Brussels, reports.

It was revealed that during their meeting, Mitsotakis informed Johnson regarding the positive epidemiological course that Greece has been going through. He implied that this should allow lifting the travel restrictions imposed against British tourists visiting Greece.

In addition, the Prime Minister of Greece asked the UK not to make differentiations between different countries within the European Union.

Greece currently is listed on the UK’s ‘amber list’, meaning that all arrivals from Greece are subject to travel restrictions. More precisely, all persons who return to the UK after a stay in Greece or any other country on the amber list must stay self-isolated for ten days and undergo two pre-booked COVID-19 tests while in quarantine; one on the second day and the other on the eighth day.

In contrast, Greece allows restriction-free entry to arrivals from the UK, provided that travellers submit proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative COVID-19 test result.

On Monday, the British Prime Minister revealed that the country’s plans to abolish the COVID-19 restrictions will be delayed for another four weeks due to the Delta variant that is spreading at a fast rate.

The UK originally planned to lift the travel restrictions on June 21.

Based on the announcement from the British Prime Minister’s office, the Delta variant is somewhere between 40-80 per cent more communicable than the Alpha variant. Therefore, the infection cases are rapidly increasing.

“There are currently around 8,000 cases a day, the highest since the end of February, and these are increasing by around 64 per cent each week,” the announcement read.

The United Kingdom is one of the countries that has seen some of the highest COVID-19 numbers of deaths in the world.

Even though the country was one of the first to start the vaccination process, it still experienced a deadly second wave of the Coronavirus during winter 2020-2021.

The last lockdown and the progressive vaccination program have decreased the infection cases in the UK, but the authorities still fear the impact of the Delta variant.

Based on World Health Organization (WHO) figures, as of June 15, the UK has registered 4,565,817 COVID-19 infection cases and 127,904 deaths.

Until now, the country has administered at least 71,672,208 Coronavirus vaccine doses, with a rate of around 496,731 doses per day during the last week. Vaccines offered in the UK include Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

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