German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to ban Britons from entering EU countries, regardless of whether they were vaccinated against coronavirus. This is reported by The Times.
The politician will insist on declaring the UK a “country of concern” due to the high rate of spread of the delta variant of COVID-19. Her proposal will be discussed at a meeting of the EU Committee on responding to political crises, which will be held on June 28.
It is also noted that French President Emmanuel Macron expressed support for the introduction of a mandatory quarantine for tourists without vaccination.
According to the publication, some EU member states do not agree with the calls of the German Chancellor. In particular, these are Spain, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta, which rely on income from British tourists. According to a source in the British government, the authorities of these countries are sure that Berlin should not make such a decision for them.
On June 24, it was reported that the head of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control predicted a rapid spread of the Indian strain of coronavirus to all European countries. The doctor noted that by August 2021, 90 percent of cases of COVID-19 in the European territory will fall on the delta variant of the virus. She also predicted a sharp increase in infection among young people who have not been vaccinated.