Covid-19: New test rule for UK arrivals from Friday
11/01/2021 | news | business | 103
International travellers will have to take a Covid test up to 72 hours before departing.
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12/01/2021 11:53:33 16 1
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Great it's only 11 months too late!!!!
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NRB
12/01/2021 11:54:44 23 1
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This is all so late
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12/01/2021 12:45:39 10 1
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Literally should have done it 10 months ago, I can't fathom why they didnt
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12/01/2021 17:09:42 0 0
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I am afraid its not like any other country in the world done any better with closing borders or testing.

Many in the Eu are looking at UK in envy of fast vaccine roll out compared Eu only ordering the 300 Million doses of vaccine this week.

As well some fastest testing now as well.
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PCS
12/01/2021 12:04:16 5 2
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To late to follow New Zealand! Everyone period arriving into all ports of entry to UK must pass extreme covid19 test then isolate in a government controlled location for 14 days not this DIY honest guv I'll follow the rules BS....With an extra measure of closing all internal borders for non-commercial movements any breaches getting hit with the same rules for international travellers.
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12/01/2021 12:05:07 3 1
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This government is wedded to the idea that it is better late than never.
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12/01/2021 12:08:15 11 3
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Only 11 months late.
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12/01/2021 12:10:32 3 7
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Didn't have the testing capacity 11 months ago.
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13/01/2021 14:10:46 0 0
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Asian countries all test at borders all have low covid numbers
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12/01/2021 12:10:06 7 8
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Only a complete and utter moron would be flying for pleasure during a pandemic.
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12/01/2021 14:13:26 0 0
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With our communications why fly, period.
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13/01/2021 14:15:41 0 0
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everyones gone on holiday to warmer climates ...its perfectly fine to catch a flight. no testing either when back in UK
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12/01/2021 12:08:15 11 3
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Only 11 months late.
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12/01/2021 12:10:32 3 7
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Didn't have the testing capacity 11 months ago.
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12/01/2021 12:19:02 6 0
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Had the capacity to ban arrivals from hotspot areas though.
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12/01/2021 12:12:19 9 3
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At flipping last!
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12/01/2021 12:10:32 3 7
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Didn't have the testing capacity 11 months ago.
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12/01/2021 12:19:02 6 0
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Had the capacity to ban arrivals from hotspot areas though.
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12/01/2021 12:27:58 3 6
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What is the point when you have 60k cases a day in the UK? It will add even more pain for UK business, what with dealing with Lockdown and BREXIT omnishambles, now we can not do our business in Europe.
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12/01/2021 12:29:36 5 3
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Should have happened 8 or 9 months ago, with no exemptions!
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12/01/2021 12:32:33 4 6
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Can someone please tell me why the airports are still open , considering we have the most contagious virus in the world and we are all in lock down .It does not make sense.
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12/01/2021 12:45:04 4 0
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money
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13/01/2021 08:18:31 0 0
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Because airlines are too big to fail, whereas you and me are expendable.
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13/01/2021 14:16:07 0 0
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Boris doesn't wan to pay the airlines plus before brexit EU prevented him
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12/01/2021 12:34:31 3 6
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There shouldn't be ANY arrivals - close the borders now!
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dg
12/01/2021 12:36:43 11 1
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It's not that the Government is always slow, it's just that they are busy preparing to deal with the Millennium 2K bug.
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12/01/2021 12:44:22 4 1
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they've been told the password is password, but are trying to work out how to spell it.
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13/01/2021 14:10:21 1 0
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they waited until covid mutated i guess
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12/01/2021 12:38:25 10 1
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Bit hasty to bring a measure like this in surely? Maybe wait until next January?

Just typical of this government to rush things in.

Good to see that there are lots of loopholes and exemptions, and not just those mentioned in this article. Nice to see the government sticks to it's standard of "woolly rules"
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12/01/2021 12:39:07 5 2
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classic BoZo, too little too late
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12/01/2021 12:40:19 4 3
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The UK variant is spreading in Europe. No surprise.
Lorry drivers in Kent given the Lateral Flow test, which detects only 1 in 3 cases. Irresponsible.
Yet the other two-thirds were cheerfully sent abroad to a) make Shapps look good because M20 was cleared and b) as a two-fingers to Europe after Brexit?
Or maybe not ...
PS: Done your maths yet? Million vaccinations a week, so a year to do the UK
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13/01/2021 14:14:36 0 0
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UK has the Denmark variant
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12/01/2021 12:43:32 0 4
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well this is excellent. marvellous. super. really good, BBC. really really good. great reporting. super BBC.
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dg
12/01/2021 12:36:43 11 1
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It's not that the Government is always slow, it's just that they are busy preparing to deal with the Millennium 2K bug.
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12/01/2021 12:44:22 4 1
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they've been told the password is password, but are trying to work out how to spell it.
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12/01/2021 13:03:32 0 0
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Ahhh....."Guys, its p-a-s-s-w-o-r-d not pastword.... !!
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12/01/2021 12:45:01 2 1
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ten months too late
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12/01/2021 12:32:33 4 6
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Can someone please tell me why the airports are still open , considering we have the most contagious virus in the world and we are all in lock down .It does not make sense.
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12/01/2021 12:45:04 4 0
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money
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NRB
12/01/2021 11:54:44 23 1
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This is all so late
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12/01/2021 12:45:39 10 1
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Literally should have done it 10 months ago, I can't fathom why they didnt
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12/01/2021 15:17:02 0 0
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They should, but were probably pandering to the demands of business interests.

Whereas now; business interests are having to take a back seat to the need to re-gain control of the huge surge in infection and death-rates.
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13/01/2021 14:10:03 1 0
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they waited until covid mutated
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12/01/2021 12:06:54 2 0
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Does this mean rapid covid tests are acceptable or not???
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12/01/2021 12:19:13 9 1
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Plane loads coming from Dubai over the coming week where they have been hiding how bad the situation really is there.All of them should be made to have a test on landing with immediate effect or risk having further out breaks around the country.
Cannot believe the Scottish cleared it as being ok for Celtic to go out there.
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12/01/2021 12:54:09 2 7
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If you should test positive on arrival, simply accept the advice to self-isolate, then ignore it. It's what everybody else does.
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12/01/2021 12:54:58 4 4
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The Rich can afford their travel over the Christmas period and our now worried about coming back, fine them all and shut the airports now.
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12/01/2021 12:44:22 4 1
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they've been told the password is password, but are trying to work out how to spell it.
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12/01/2021 13:03:32 0 0
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Ahhh....."Guys, its p-a-s-s-w-o-r-d not pastword.... !!
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12/01/2021 13:13:54 2 3
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Will it apply to those small boats crossing the Channel? Another 160 so-called asylum-seekers arrived last week-end.

Having passed through numerous other EU countries in order to do so.
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12/01/2021 13:36:51 2 1
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Are they being detained when they arrive? This should always be the case.

But now that should also incorporate a quarantine period.
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13/01/2021 14:15:05 0 0
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EU has open borders and France escorts them to UK
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12/01/2021 13:01:24 5 4
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I am travelling from an area in Tenerife where the AI7 (accumulated incidence over seven days) is 30, to Oxford where the AI7 is now 555, and the government requires me to have a test to prove I am safe? The virus is far, far more prevalent in Oxford and England generally than it is here so to require a test for people travelling from safe areas to the risky UK is illogical.
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12/01/2021 13:26:26 0 2
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Too little, too late as usual.

Other than those returning to the UK, all arrivals need to be turned back before disembarking, assuming the situation was not made clear at the point of departure.

It's astonishing how soft our government has become, yet it still fails to recognize the plain fact that we are where we are because of a soft touch approach, bad management and poor medical advice.
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12/01/2021 13:26:56 3 2
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All domestic and international flights from and to the UK should be banned now.
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12/01/2021 13:32:02 7 2
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This should have been implemented 9 months ago.
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12/01/2021 13:32:45 1 7
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Lots of Captain Hindsights on here today!
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12/01/2021 13:40:34 5 1
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You mean lots of government mistakes that could of easily been avoided.
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12/01/2021 13:55:58 3 0
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It's not really hindsight if you were of the same opinion all along that the borders should have been controlled properly from the start. They weren't, and still are still less restricted than other countries who have control of the virus such as Australia, New Zealand and in fact China.
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13/01/2021 14:17:13 0 0
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not really. China was testing at borders start of last year
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12/01/2021 13:13:54 2 3
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Will it apply to those small boats crossing the Channel? Another 160 so-called asylum-seekers arrived last week-end.

Having passed through numerous other EU countries in order to do so.
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12/01/2021 13:36:51 2 1
bbc
Are they being detained when they arrive? This should always be the case.

But now that should also incorporate a quarantine period.
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12/01/2021 13:37:19 5 2
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Continuing the totally inadequate incompetent government non actions.

It was not hard or difficult to get right. Ban all cross border passenger movements unless they are locked up, isolated, in quarantine at their full expense.

Tests are just display, pr, useless, a one moment result, unreliable, and you can get the virus minutes after taking any test.
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12/01/2021 13:32:45 1 7
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Lots of Captain Hindsights on here today!
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12/01/2021 13:40:34 5 1
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You mean lots of government mistakes that could of easily been avoided.
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12/01/2021 13:46:03 0 2
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We are British and we enjoy to debate and argue things but not to make decisions.
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12/01/2021 13:32:45 1 7
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Lots of Captain Hindsights on here today!
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12/01/2021 13:55:58 3 0
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It's not really hindsight if you were of the same opinion all along that the borders should have been controlled properly from the start. They weren't, and still are still less restricted than other countries who have control of the virus such as Australia, New Zealand and in fact China.
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12/01/2021 14:11:12 2 0
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? UK ARRIVALS ?

tory debacle as ever.
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12/01/2021 14:13:05 2 0
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IF.. the Govt is serious !.. also test on arrival...to assure me & the rest of us ure us .. this avenue of infection is finally sealed off - it springs to mind why citizens are travellinggoing abroad on holiday ... at a time of National desperation ...how can law breakr pay fines when unable to pay for food etc.....threat of veichl impoundd needed - OK
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12/01/2021 16:20:43 0 0
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I am not sure why you think people are going on Holiday currently, you must not leave home or travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. I think the law breakers either are wealthy enough they don`t care or to poor to care.
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13/01/2021 14:13:13 0 0
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Boris doesn't want to pay furlough to airlines ....but science says you must test at borders just look at asia
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12/01/2021 12:10:06 7 8
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Only a complete and utter moron would be flying for pleasure during a pandemic.
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12/01/2021 14:13:26 0 0
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With our communications why fly, period.
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12/01/2021 14:17:52 1 1
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Don't worry anyone !

Fines are 'increasingly likely' for Rule-Breakers (not bozo) - Cressida Dick !!!!

The cons still do not seem serious about covid.
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12/01/2021 14:24:41 4 2
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Like it or not the government is trying to keep as many jobs going as possible whilst protecting the rest. Whatever they do the Captaincies Hindsights and the "I know better than yous" will have something to say. I feel we should have had a national coalition to deal with this pandemic not 4 governments trying to outdo each other
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12/01/2021 14:38:59 2 1
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Sid48. You are so right. National Coalition with military run command centre needed urgently - staffed by people with proven competence in crisis; that deals with realities not with political Cummings / Trump-like twitter spin.
Competent, like the people who dealt with the 'burn the cows' Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2002 and saved Tony Blair's bacon (sorry, bad pun).
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13/01/2021 14:12:43 0 0
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testing at borders is following the science what Boris is doing is ignoring science to avoid spending bailing airlines out
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12/01/2021 14:34:21 2 1
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Let's remember that UK variant was home grown here.
Hancock is saying we'll have a normal summer, is he a fool or does he think Brits are fools?
Why? (This from Public Health England and World Health). Having vaccine doesn't (seem) to stop you infecting people; length of immunity not known; expected that people will need booster dose after 6 months.
So, normal by the summer then?! Absolutely not
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12/01/2021 14:43:41 5 1
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"Let's remember that UK variant was home grown here."

No it's not this is where it was discovered because we are the best in the world in researching these things. Just like Spanish flu did not originate in Spain it would have come from elsewhere.
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13/01/2021 14:14:15 0 0
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Nah UK has variants from Denmark Italy and South Africa ...clearly lying to the public so they don't have to pay airlines furlough and test at borders
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12/01/2021 14:24:41 4 2
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Like it or not the government is trying to keep as many jobs going as possible whilst protecting the rest. Whatever they do the Captaincies Hindsights and the "I know better than yous" will have something to say. I feel we should have had a national coalition to deal with this pandemic not 4 governments trying to outdo each other
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12/01/2021 14:38:59 2 1
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Sid48. You are so right. National Coalition with military run command centre needed urgently - staffed by people with proven competence in crisis; that deals with realities not with political Cummings / Trump-like twitter spin.
Competent, like the people who dealt with the 'burn the cows' Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2002 and saved Tony Blair's bacon (sorry, bad pun).
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12/01/2021 14:39:25 1 4
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If you've had the vaccine, surely you don't need a test?
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12/01/2021 14:47:08 6 0
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The vaccines protect people from the effects of the virus, that is Covid-19
It does stop a person being infected with the virus, SARS-Cov-2 .
Nor is it known whether or not a vaccinated person can still pass on the virus to others.
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12/01/2021 14:47:17 3 0
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You do, because you still may be infectious ...
The vaccine just reduces the symptoms you experience, and reduces death rates. It helps prime your body to fight the virus better and inhibits the virus' ability to reproduce.
It doesn't sterilise the virus in your body (I think I've got this last bit right?).
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13/01/2021 14:16:41 0 0
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Vaccine doesn't stop transmission.. for international travel it is essential to have covid test
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12/01/2021 14:39:25 1 4
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If you've had the vaccine, surely you don't need a test?
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12/01/2021 14:47:08 6 0
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The vaccines protect people from the effects of the virus, that is Covid-19
It does stop a person being infected with the virus, SARS-Cov-2 .
Nor is it known whether or not a vaccinated person can still pass on the virus to others.
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12/01/2021 14:39:25 1 4
bbc
If you've had the vaccine, surely you don't need a test?
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12/01/2021 14:47:17 3 0
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You do, because you still may be infectious ...
The vaccine just reduces the symptoms you experience, and reduces death rates. It helps prime your body to fight the virus better and inhibits the virus' ability to reproduce.
It doesn't sterilise the virus in your body (I think I've got this last bit right?).
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12/01/2021 14:34:21 2 1
bbc
Let's remember that UK variant was home grown here.
Hancock is saying we'll have a normal summer, is he a fool or does he think Brits are fools?
Why? (This from Public Health England and World Health). Having vaccine doesn't (seem) to stop you infecting people; length of immunity not known; expected that people will need booster dose after 6 months.
So, normal by the summer then?! Absolutely not
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12/01/2021 14:43:41 5 1
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"Let's remember that UK variant was home grown here."

No it's not this is where it was discovered because we are the best in the world in researching these things. Just like Spanish flu did not originate in Spain it would have come from elsewhere.
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12/01/2021 14:59:28 1 0
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Noticed on Facebook that the Conservative Party have provided all the vaccines , vaccination centres etc . Glad to see they are going to pay all the costs out of Party funds and return all those costs to the Government Coffers .
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12/01/2021 15:08:39 8 0
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12 months too late of course; but I guess it's better late than never.
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12/01/2021 15:14:24 4 1
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The Airports have been asking for this since the start of the Pandemic. Too much faith was placed in our "World Beating" Track & Trace System which has proved to be a complete waste of tax payers money. Although I'm sure that Dido Harding (somebody who should never have been given the role) would say that it is great value for money.
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12/01/2021 16:08:12 0 1
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And who is Dildos husband.
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12/01/2021 19:46:39 0 0
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when i hear the name Dido, i always think of Purcell's Opera and it leads me to Dido's Lament, a title we could easily link to Diana Harding. Test, trace, isolate as you correctly say has been a shameful failure, now the good lady has been named interim chief of the National Institute For Health Protection, ummm.
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13/01/2021 14:12:01 0 0
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Boris messed up ...too little too late with airport testing
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12/01/2021 12:45:39 10 1
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Literally should have done it 10 months ago, I can't fathom why they didnt
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12/01/2021 15:17:02 0 0
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They should, but were probably pandering to the demands of business interests.

Whereas now; business interests are having to take a back seat to the need to re-gain control of the huge surge in infection and death-rates.
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12/01/2021 15:26:28 3 0
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any government advice on where and how you are supposed to obtain a valid coronavirus test at fairly short notice when you are not fluent in the language and/or not able to easily move around in the country you find yourself in.......or... Should we be carrying these test kits with us when we leave the uk?
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12/01/2021 16:11:58 0 0
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How likely is it that you will have to travel to a country where you are not fluent in the language ? Any way a quick search online I find answers most questions. At this moment in time non essential is not permitted.
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12/01/2021 19:41:04 1 0
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that's up to the traveller to sort out. Businesses are closed, workers are furloughed, many elderly and vulnerable people have been captives in their own homes since last March but people are allowed to travel abroad and or return without a negative covid test? The rest of us can only exercise within a short distance of our homes.
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13/01/2021 14:11:39 0 0
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it will be future of travel. you will have to test negative for covid. vaccine does not stop transmission
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12/01/2021 15:28:10 4 0
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Nearly a year into a pandemic and the cretinous 'govt.' stil allow people in and out to Spread Covid.
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12/01/2021 15:29:48 5 0
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Should have been done in March 2020 but is just another example of the horse bolted-the saga of the bungled effort to contain corona in Britain.
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12/01/2021 15:32:49 2 0
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Which Friday are we talking about? One in February or March 2020?
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12/01/2021 15:34:10 2 2
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I waltzed in untested from 6,000 miles away in March from a country near Wuhan, China which was in the news at the time because of infections but was not the only place-it was spreading rapidly worldwide-need I say any more ?
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12/01/2021 15:14:24 4 1
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The Airports have been asking for this since the start of the Pandemic. Too much faith was placed in our "World Beating" Track & Trace System which has proved to be a complete waste of tax payers money. Although I'm sure that Dido Harding (somebody who should never have been given the role) would say that it is great value for money.
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12/01/2021 16:08:12 0 1
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And who is Dildos husband.
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12/01/2021 16:10:30 4 0
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Just shocked that we have been letting people in without testing up to now.
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12/01/2021 15:26:28 3 0
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any government advice on where and how you are supposed to obtain a valid coronavirus test at fairly short notice when you are not fluent in the language and/or not able to easily move around in the country you find yourself in.......or... Should we be carrying these test kits with us when we leave the uk?
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12/01/2021 16:11:58 0 0
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How likely is it that you will have to travel to a country where you are not fluent in the language ? Any way a quick search online I find answers most questions. At this moment in time non essential is not permitted.
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12/01/2021 16:28:45 1 0
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A quick online search brought up many fit to fly certificates If it is that urgent just print one off. No way this can be policed. I just hope most people will actually take a test before Traveling.
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12/01/2021 14:13:05 2 0
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IF.. the Govt is serious !.. also test on arrival...to assure me & the rest of us ure us .. this avenue of infection is finally sealed off - it springs to mind why citizens are travellinggoing abroad on holiday ... at a time of National desperation ...how can law breakr pay fines when unable to pay for food etc.....threat of veichl impoundd needed - OK
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12/01/2021 16:20:43 0 0
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I am not sure why you think people are going on Holiday currently, you must not leave home or travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. I think the law breakers either are wealthy enough they don`t care or to poor to care.
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13/01/2021 08:15:39 0 0
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Only examples I know of are Brits moving to France and going back to a funeral, another flying to UK to collect car to bring over to FR, nobody is taking a holiday. Surprising number live in one country and work in another, flying home for weekend. OK, I wouldn't, but I'm retired and isolating in France.
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12/01/2021 16:11:58 0 0
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How likely is it that you will have to travel to a country where you are not fluent in the language ? Any way a quick search online I find answers most questions. At this moment in time non essential is not permitted.
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12/01/2021 16:28:45 1 0
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A quick online search brought up many fit to fly certificates If it is that urgent just print one off. No way this can be policed. I just hope most people will actually take a test before Traveling.
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12/01/2021 17:05:55 1 0
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Well at least are leader has not gathered a load people together in a pandemic to give them a speech like the American president.

Risking more virus spread bet test all Americans.

But then if mainstream media discredited the claim of fraud in American elections by showing evidence that American election was 100% fraud free they would not have turned up.

As well explaining vote dump 3 morning
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NRB
12/01/2021 11:54:44 23 1
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This is all so late
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12/01/2021 17:09:42 0 0
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I am afraid its not like any other country in the world done any better with closing borders or testing.

Many in the Eu are looking at UK in envy of fast vaccine roll out compared Eu only ordering the 300 Million doses of vaccine this week.

As well some fastest testing now as well.
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12/01/2021 17:22:09 1 0
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Was joke when flights were stopped from Greece Spain etc.

As Eu always kept there borders open you could drive from Spain to France to Germany and fly to the UK still even if you been in highly infected areas or parts of Europe.

UK should stopped all flight from Europe or not bothered at all .
closing flight to a single country in Europe was pointless
that's the fun Eu OPEN BORDERS.
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12/01/2021 17:29:51 5 0
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It's about time the government watched it's own briefings and listened to the NHS as well.

There is little point in us staying locked up in our houses whilst we carry on importing Covid. Look at what Australia as an island has achieved.

STOP ALL FLIGHTS NOW
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12/01/2021 19:32:08 3 0
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it's just what we would expect from a government which has been incompetent in dealing with covid from day one. Why would people travelling to and from Britain be less likely to spread the virus than those of us locked down in our own communities?
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13/01/2021 14:11:06 0 0
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even if they don't stop flights they need to test at borders
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12/01/2021 18:02:08 1 0
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Why wait until Friday? Do it now!
another cover up of the idiot johnson. seven miles is hardly close to home. Removed
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12/01/2021 19:27:07 1 0
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what sort of competent government would request that we all respect the rules for combatting covid at home, when people can arrive here without any regard to their health. Lorry drivers were required to provide a clear covid test before they were allowed to proceed to France. This virus doesn't respect national borders.
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12/01/2021 17:29:51 5 0
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It's about time the government watched it's own briefings and listened to the NHS as well.

There is little point in us staying locked up in our houses whilst we carry on importing Covid. Look at what Australia as an island has achieved.

STOP ALL FLIGHTS NOW
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12/01/2021 19:32:08 3 0
bbc
it's just what we would expect from a government which has been incompetent in dealing with covid from day one. Why would people travelling to and from Britain be less likely to spread the virus than those of us locked down in our own communities?
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12/01/2021 15:26:28 3 0
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any government advice on where and how you are supposed to obtain a valid coronavirus test at fairly short notice when you are not fluent in the language and/or not able to easily move around in the country you find yourself in.......or... Should we be carrying these test kits with us when we leave the uk?
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12/01/2021 19:41:04 1 0
bbc
that's up to the traveller to sort out. Businesses are closed, workers are furloughed, many elderly and vulnerable people have been captives in their own homes since last March but people are allowed to travel abroad and or return without a negative covid test? The rest of us can only exercise within a short distance of our homes.
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12/01/2021 19:37:10 1 0
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why has it taken so long ? this should have happened the 1st week ,,,but at least its happening now covid jabs are happening ,,,,give Britain 6 months we should be in a Good Position
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12/01/2021 15:14:24 4 1
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The Airports have been asking for this since the start of the Pandemic. Too much faith was placed in our "World Beating" Track & Trace System which has proved to be a complete waste of tax payers money. Although I'm sure that Dido Harding (somebody who should never have been given the role) would say that it is great value for money.
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12/01/2021 19:46:39 0 0
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when i hear the name Dido, i always think of Purcell's Opera and it leads me to Dido's Lament, a title we could easily link to Diana Harding. Test, trace, isolate as you correctly say has been a shameful failure, now the good lady has been named interim chief of the National Institute For Health Protection, ummm.
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12/01/2021 20:04:57 1 0
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Should have happened on 23rd March 2020.The covid horse bolted 10 months ago.
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12/01/2021 21:44:51 0 0
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Well I think is great what the UK is making, so this way they would tried to stop the contagion, I hope other countries would try to male this. @clairedesagey
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12/01/2021 22:55:25 0 0
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About time. Now with any luck we will see Dutch lorry drivers losing their sandwiches and drinks, maybe we should also insist their lorries pass a UK not before leaving the port or perhaps better we all turn up and turn them away i have chucked all the stuff from Holland out and will not buy anymore. And that includes hp sauce masquerading as British with Westminster on the label
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13/01/2021 09:48:15 0 0
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Childish comment
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13/01/2021 01:07:38 0 0
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I suggest to leave the launch to Feb as a gesture for the 1-year anniversary of Covid in UK!
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13/01/2021 06:22:41 0 0
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You compare the shambles in Britain with the US requirement for tests. They publish it on govt website with details and give people notice. See how easy it is to do it professionally? Jury is out how much tests help though.
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13/01/2021 08:06:40 0 0
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gov.uk lists testers with phone numbers, impossible to tell where in UK they are. Boots offer testing but aren't on gov.uk list. I know where to get tested in France but have no idea in UK. Looked at site of one tester in Folkestone, but they were fully booked for weeks. How can you book trip out of UK if you don't know where, when to get tested or how long results take to come through?
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12/01/2021 16:20:43 0 0
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I am not sure why you think people are going on Holiday currently, you must not leave home or travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. I think the law breakers either are wealthy enough they don`t care or to poor to care.
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13/01/2021 08:15:39 0 0
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Only examples I know of are Brits moving to France and going back to a funeral, another flying to UK to collect car to bring over to FR, nobody is taking a holiday. Surprising number live in one country and work in another, flying home for weekend. OK, I wouldn't, but I'm retired and isolating in France.
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12/01/2021 12:32:33 4 6
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Can someone please tell me why the airports are still open , considering we have the most contagious virus in the world and we are all in lock down .It does not make sense.
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13/01/2021 08:18:31 0 0
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Because airlines are too big to fail, whereas you and me are expendable.
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13/01/2021 08:20:44 0 0
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3 Week visit to UK in March extended to 3 months, and since August we have stayed in France, seeing family only over internet. No plans to visit UK again, despite arrival of next grandchild, until vaccinated. I guess we are indoctrinated wierdos?
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12/01/2021 22:55:25 0 0
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About time. Now with any luck we will see Dutch lorry drivers losing their sandwiches and drinks, maybe we should also insist their lorries pass a UK not before leaving the port or perhaps better we all turn up and turn them away i have chucked all the stuff from Holland out and will not buy anymore. And that includes hp sauce masquerading as British with Westminster on the label
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13/01/2021 09:48:15 0 0
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Childish comment
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13/01/2021 13:18:33 0 0
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People will boycott countries whose population act in a negative way. I have been avoiding EU Fresh foods for a long time.
How do you prevent an idiot PM breaking the rules Removed
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13/01/2021 09:48:15 0 0
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Childish comment
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13/01/2021 13:18:33 0 0
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People will boycott countries whose population act in a negative way. I have been avoiding EU Fresh foods for a long time.
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13/01/2021 14:09:29 0 0
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All the Asian countries New Zealand test for covid at airports and ports ...all have lower covid numbers than the West
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12/01/2021 12:45:39 10 1
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Literally should have done it 10 months ago, I can't fathom why they didnt
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13/01/2021 14:10:03 1 0
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they waited until covid mutated
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12/01/2021 12:36:43 11 1
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It's not that the Government is always slow, it's just that they are busy preparing to deal with the Millennium 2K bug.
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13/01/2021 14:10:21 1 0
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they waited until covid mutated i guess
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12/01/2021 12:08:15 11 3
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Only 11 months late.
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13/01/2021 14:10:46 0 0
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Asian countries all test at borders all have low covid numbers
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12/01/2021 17:29:51 5 0
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It's about time the government watched it's own briefings and listened to the NHS as well.

There is little point in us staying locked up in our houses whilst we carry on importing Covid. Look at what Australia as an island has achieved.

STOP ALL FLIGHTS NOW
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13/01/2021 14:11:06 0 0
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even if they don't stop flights they need to test at borders
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12/01/2021 15:26:28 3 0
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any government advice on where and how you are supposed to obtain a valid coronavirus test at fairly short notice when you are not fluent in the language and/or not able to easily move around in the country you find yourself in.......or... Should we be carrying these test kits with us when we leave the uk?
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13/01/2021 14:11:39 0 0
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it will be future of travel. you will have to test negative for covid. vaccine does not stop transmission
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12/01/2021 15:14:24 4 1
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The Airports have been asking for this since the start of the Pandemic. Too much faith was placed in our "World Beating" Track & Trace System which has proved to be a complete waste of tax payers money. Although I'm sure that Dido Harding (somebody who should never have been given the role) would say that it is great value for money.
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13/01/2021 14:12:01 0 0
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Boris messed up ...too little too late with airport testing
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12/01/2021 14:24:41 4 2
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Like it or not the government is trying to keep as many jobs going as possible whilst protecting the rest. Whatever they do the Captaincies Hindsights and the "I know better than yous" will have something to say. I feel we should have had a national coalition to deal with this pandemic not 4 governments trying to outdo each other
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13/01/2021 14:12:43 0 0
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testing at borders is following the science what Boris is doing is ignoring science to avoid spending bailing airlines out
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12/01/2021 14:13:05 2 0
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IF.. the Govt is serious !.. also test on arrival...to assure me & the rest of us ure us .. this avenue of infection is finally sealed off - it springs to mind why citizens are travellinggoing abroad on holiday ... at a time of National desperation ...how can law breakr pay fines when unable to pay for food etc.....threat of veichl impoundd needed - OK
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13/01/2021 14:13:13 0 0
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Boris doesn't want to pay furlough to airlines ....but science says you must test at borders just look at asia
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12/01/2021 14:34:21 2 1
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Let's remember that UK variant was home grown here.
Hancock is saying we'll have a normal summer, is he a fool or does he think Brits are fools?
Why? (This from Public Health England and World Health). Having vaccine doesn't (seem) to stop you infecting people; length of immunity not known; expected that people will need booster dose after 6 months.
So, normal by the summer then?! Absolutely not
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13/01/2021 14:14:15 0 0
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Nah UK has variants from Denmark Italy and South Africa ...clearly lying to the public so they don't have to pay airlines furlough and test at borders
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12/01/2021 12:40:19 4 3
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The UK variant is spreading in Europe. No surprise.
Lorry drivers in Kent given the Lateral Flow test, which detects only 1 in 3 cases. Irresponsible.
Yet the other two-thirds were cheerfully sent abroad to a) make Shapps look good because M20 was cleared and b) as a two-fingers to Europe after Brexit?
Or maybe not ...
PS: Done your maths yet? Million vaccinations a week, so a year to do the UK
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13/01/2021 14:14:36 0 0
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UK has the Denmark variant
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12/01/2021 13:13:54 2 3
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Will it apply to those small boats crossing the Channel? Another 160 so-called asylum-seekers arrived last week-end.

Having passed through numerous other EU countries in order to do so.
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13/01/2021 14:15:05 0 0
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EU has open borders and France escorts them to UK
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12/01/2021 12:10:06 7 8
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Only a complete and utter moron would be flying for pleasure during a pandemic.
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13/01/2021 14:15:41 0 0
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everyones gone on holiday to warmer climates ...its perfectly fine to catch a flight. no testing either when back in UK
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12/01/2021 12:32:33 4 6
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Can someone please tell me why the airports are still open , considering we have the most contagious virus in the world and we are all in lock down .It does not make sense.
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13/01/2021 14:16:07 0 0
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Boris doesn't wan to pay the airlines plus before brexit EU prevented him