UK didn’t shut borders as a consequence of COVID for worry of being seen as racist
Former chief adviser to UK Prime Minister Dominic Cummings said the reason UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson never closed the country’s borders at the start of the pandemic was because he thought it could be viewed as racist.
- Prime Minister Johnson did not want Britain to be seen as racist by closing the country’s borders.
- Calling this lack of border policy “madness”, Cummings said travelers are still coming to the UK from infected countries.
- Direct flights to the UK from many Red List countries are prohibited, but some are allowed.
According to Cummings, by the time the pandemic broke out, there was a mindset that concluded that it is “basically racist to call for the borders to be closed and blame China and the whole Chinese New Year thing.” .. “and” and that was basically nonsense “. Cummings served under the Prime Minister from July 24, 2019 to November 13, 2020.
Prime Minister Johnson feared that border controls would ruin the UK tourism industry if they were put in place. To date, there is no real border policy, even if COVID-19 variants like the Indian one are seriously concerned. Calling this lack of border policy “madness”, Cummings said travelers are still coming to the UK from infected countries.
Instead, the UK government has put in place a traffic light system that classifies countries’ safety as either red, amber or green. There are more than 40 countries on the government’s red list that have the toughest travel restrictions.