Travel industry bosses claim that when shopping in a local supermarket, they are more likely to get the coronavirus than traveling abroad to a green-listed country.
Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and Ireland, said travel restrictions need to be dramatically relaxed by withdrawing testing requirements for fully vaccinated people.
“We, the TUI and the industry, enthusiastically believe that these restrictions shouldn’t exist at all,” he said. “The UK infection rate is about 1.4 percent, according to an ONS survey. Looking at the green list countries where all these tests have to be done, it’s 0.7 percent.”
“So you’re probably at a higher risk of going to a Tesco supermarket than going abroad.”
How does the UK’s coronavirus infection rate compare to Green List countries?
In the United Kingdom, the latest data show an estimated 1.38% of people infected with the coronavirus, 1.54% in Wales and 1.74% in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland had the highest rate of 2.23 percent.
Frinsom said the infection rate in Greenlist countries was 0.7%, significantly lower than in the United Kingdom.
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In Austria, home to Vienna’s popular tourist attractions, the average number of new cases per day per million people is increasing, increasing from about 150 to 230 during September.
In the UK, interest rates have fallen in the past week. However, it remains fairly high, in the range of 430 to 560.
About 59% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated, and 65% is slightly lower than the double-jabed UK.
Canada’s daily rate of new cases is increasing, but one of the lowest on the green list. Infection rates in September range from 90 to 115, much lower than in the United Kingdom.
Immunization rates in Canada are similar to those in the United Kingdom, with 69% of the population fully vaccinated.
Cases of the Croatian coronavirus are also on the rise, but still lower than those in the United Kingdom. In early September, the average number of new cases per million per million people per day was about 130, and eventually increased to about 250.
However, in Croatia, where less than half of the country is vaccinated, the rate of vaccination is significantly lower. According to Our World in Data, 41% of Croats are double vaccinated and 43% are single vaccinated.
Berlin is a popular destination for British tourists and its green list status means that all travelers can return to the UK without isolation.
And that may be safer too. According to statistics, the rate of new infections per day in the UK is about four times higher than in Germany, with only 100-120 per million this month.
About 62% of Germans are completely jabed, just slightly lower than 65% in the UK.
In Malta, the proportion is even lower, ranging from 75 to 110. The vaccination rate is also very high, with 81% of the population fully vaccinated.
In Norway, this month’s infection rates range from 200 to 275, about half the infection rates found in the United Kingdom.
And the vaccination rates in both countries are about the same. In Norway, 64% of the population is completely jab, while in the UK it is 65%.
Can you catch Covid at the supermarket?
Professor Sally Bloomfield of the London School of Economics and Tropical Medicine suggested that supermarkets can provide an “ideal environment” for viral infections.
“Many people are touching and exchanging items, checkout belts, cash cards, parking lot ticket vending machine buttons, ATM payment buttons, paper receipts, etc … Being close to some others Needless to say, she told the BBC.
Coronavirus is understood to be spread primarily by droplets of liquid from the nose and mouth of an infected person and can be inhaled by those around them. It is believed that if supermarket shoppers wear masks, the spread of the virus will decrease.
There is little direct evidence that Covid was caught from droplets of an object such as food packaging, but it is difficult to measure and can cause the spread of the disease.
Most supermarkets have extensive cleaning procedures and it is advisable to wash your hands regularly when visiting or leaving the supermarket.
However, masks are no longer required and most shopper restrictions have been lifted.
Data are not conclusive, according to a survey late last year, but supermarkets could be one of the most common locations for Covid exposure. Of the weekly public health service monitoring reports using data collected via the NHS Test and Trace app in November, nearly 20% of monitored cases were in the 7 days before the test was positive. I visited a supermarket.
This was the highest percentage of visits among the 16 rated locations, including schools, long-term care facilities and hospitals.
A study conducted in the United States and reported in the British Medical Journal last year found that supermarket employees with customer-facing roles are five times more likely to be positive than their colleagues in other positions. rice field.
What does TUI want the government to do?
Frinsom said he believes that fully vaccinated people “should not be restricted because they are the same things that happen in everyday life in the country.”
However, he said it would be an improvement to discontinue the PCR test in favor of the cheaper later flow test, which has been reported to be under consideration by the government.
“Something is better than the system we are in, but we really don’t believe we should be there,” he said. “But if we move away from the rigorous measures we are currently using, it will definitely improve.”
According to Flintham, TUI’s European branch operates at 70-80% of its pre-pandemic level and its UK branch operates at 30-40%.
What is the government plan?
The government’s announcement of travel restrictions is scheduled for late today.
There is a suggestion that while the PCR test to return to the UK may be discontinued, the amber list may also be revised. This leaves a green list with few restrictions and a red list of countries that British people should not travel to.
There is also speculation that countries such as Turkey, the Maldives and South Africa could be removed from the Red List and basically reopened as destinations for vacationers.