Test travel regime must be easy and cheap, says PM
06/04/2021 | news | business | 2,291
It comes after airlines criticised plans to make travellers pay for pre and post-travel testing.
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06/04/2021 09:22:50 67 24
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It's unclear to me why tests would cost in excess of £200 when from Friday everyone in England is entitled (and indeed encouraged) to take free home lateral flow device tests. Since June last year I have taken 7 tests (4 PCR, 3 LFD) and not spent a single penny on any of them.
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06/04/2021 09:27:02 60 5
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Because the PCR tests which are likely to be mandated will not be provided for free in respect of travel.
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06/04/2021 09:27:34 9 5
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I think they just want to moan, and try to make excuses to get given money by the government.
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06/04/2021 09:30:47 16 6
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OK but did you NEED to take those tests? Or just taking away resources from someone who does?
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06/04/2021 09:33:36 14 10
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I agree tests should be free, however holiday is a personal choice not a right, £200 is excessive and the cost should be nominal I see no problem with charging £5 per test until the virus is supressed worldwide, as the more prudent choice for any individual is to simply not holiday until the pandemic has ended.
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06/04/2021 09:39:43 7 12
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It's a tax on tourism. My wife and I had to pay £500 for six tests to come home from Tenerife in March. Bonkers as the area we live in here had ten times the rate of the area we left and the more infectious Kent variant.
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06/04/2021 09:41:09 10 4
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Crazy profiting! I am a front line clinician, I have been subjected to two-weekly tests for months, I am double vax, I have had 7 days leave days since March last year as all our annual leave had to be cancelled; I have been prohibited to use the test for anything other than NHS research - I am fatigued, I cannot use the test for travel, I cannot use them to be released, I cannot use them for me.
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06/04/2021 09:32:33 13 0
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Well done on Norway award btw ????
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06/04/2021 10:03:26 11 0
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Erm....... That is not true. If you’re a taxpayer, you’re picking up the tab for it.
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06/04/2021 10:07:40 1 1
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Because they will only let you take PCR tests which are much more expensive. Taxpayers paid for your covid tests as presumably they were deemed essential. People travelling abroad will be expected to pay the cost themselves even if their travel is essential and not a holiday which is unfair.
06/04/2021 12:15:52 3 0
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Because o fartbast the cost has been taken by HMG to help prevent spread. Why should the tax payer subsidise cheap offshore holidays?
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06/04/2021 09:22:53 22 40
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The vulnerable are vaccinated. Get the country open.

The world needs to look at itself after this mass hysteria is over.
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06/04/2021 09:30:17 15 5
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There are people who have died who had no vulnerablities, some of them young, the problem with a new virus is that nobody knows how their body is going to react to infection, so caution is required.
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06/04/2021 09:23:21 14 29
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Why do we need testing - if you're vaccinated are you not protected?
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06/04/2021 09:29:14 13 3
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Well who knows what the Magaluf variant of covid will do
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Al
06/04/2021 09:29:59 8 2
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Not 100% and the virus will eventually mutate round the current vaccines. standard Flu vaccines are only about 50% effective and the Covid Vaccines will go the same way when mare mutations are in existence.
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06/04/2021 09:31:44 7 2
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Not 100%, no.

Unlike MMR, there is no data as yet that supports permanent immunity against COVID, and who knows whether the current vaccine will remain effective against potential variants (in a similar way to influenza).
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06/04/2021 09:32:38 7 5
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Correct in that you are protected but you may still be able to carry the virus and may be able to pass it on. There is also the fear around transmission of new variants.
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06/04/2021 09:33:48 7 3
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No vaccine does not protect
It reduces transmission
Reduces impact
But does not prevent

It’s why we will need to live with it just like flu.

But ????? why would anyone rush to undo all the pain and good work to bring back SA variant
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06/04/2021 09:34:16 8 2
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If you have been vaccinated your protection against Covid-19 is much higher (though not 100%) and your ability to carry the virus is much reduced (though not zero). You'd need to be tested to protect others from your (small) chance of carrying the virus yourself.
06/04/2021 14:03:41 1 0
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There are 17 Covid-19 variants of concern, variants under investigation, and variants being monitored.
4 variants have the E484K mutation that means people with primary immunity (from early B1 close strains/variants) are not immune & can catch Covid-19 again. It's also known that some vaccines have significantly reduced efficacy against the E484K variants & others don't work
https://bit.ly/3dHMc9l
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06/04/2021 09:23:44 36 20
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No foreign holidays this year.
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06/04/2021 09:33:06 10 49
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For selfish people like you perhaps.

Most of us care more about the economy so will take a small risk against our health for the benefit of millions of livelihoods.
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06/04/2021 10:06:44 2 9
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Will you be saying it in 2022, 2023, 2024..?

Come on, enough already.
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06/04/2021 09:24:24 20 21
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Vaccines - free ( but only if you are old).

PCR tests - very expensive.

Family holidays are starting to look cost prohibitive for the vast majority.
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06/04/2021 09:33:17 29 4
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The vaccines are free to all, when it gets to your age group. What this is doing though is allowing those who haven't been vaccinated the option of going away.

Although who would want go on holiday now or even in the summer? Look at the infection rates - rising virtually everywhere in Europe. The green list is going to be very slim pickings.
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06/04/2021 09:28:13 13 6
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There are plenty of family holiday options that don’t involve overseas travel.
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06/04/2021 09:22:57 20 17
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Once the majority in nations are vaccinated and only the youth are left then why would we need these measures on travel?
Or does the vaccine not work as well as we are told?
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RJS
06/04/2021 09:25:49 11 10
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Think you have probably hit it in one.
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06/04/2021 09:38:43 6 0
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Agree, problem is other nations are miles behind us getting vaccinated, and people seem to want foreign travel now, and despite us being vaccinated, there is potential to bring different strains back.
As you say, once all nations are vaccinated, these restrictions should be lifted, if not there is another agenda being pushed!
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06/04/2021 09:28:39 10 2
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The vaccine works as we are told against the current strains. The more virus in circulation, even with people being largely immune from symptoms, the more opportunity there is for mutation that will nullify the effectiveness of the vaccines. Open things up too early, allow the virus back in via travel corridors, and you're massively increasing the chance of a new strain undoing all the progress.
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06/04/2021 09:25:01 11 46
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We don't want your testing, or your CV certificates.
Thanking you.
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06/04/2021 09:37:39 4 11
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The fact that you have at this moment 8 down votes shows how gullible & dumbed down the British population are.

The scam-demic has to rely on these not fit for purpose test to "prove" there's a "pandemic" & the TV watching & media believing zombies lap it up.
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06/04/2021 09:38:29 5 0
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You’re not planning on travelling, or attending any events or similar for the foreseeable future then I presume.
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06/04/2021 09:32:10 1 0
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Just stay in Blighty then .............................behind the sofa perhaps??
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06/04/2021 09:25:10 230 158
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Why are we being vaccinated ?

It was billed as allowing our freedom back, whilst at the same time, taking even more freedoms away.
This scam-demic has been long in the planning. research the Rockefeller document "lockstep" published in 2010.
Removed
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06/04/2021 09:35:04 29 6
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Not taking away
Just charging the user the cost
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06/04/2021 09:38:22 43 4
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It's simple, to keep the virus at bay. The vaccine does not stop you catching it or passing it on but makes it less deadly and unlikely to go into hospital.
As a country we are doing well on vaccination but other countries need to do as well, so its far better if froeign travel is limited to limit any new spread in this country on return.
I agree about being ripped off in this country.
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06/04/2021 09:38:37 30 3
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If it was a brain disease, you wouldn't need to be vaccinated...
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Bob
06/04/2021 09:40:36 42 12
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It is your ticket to freedom. But there is an admission cost. Without the vaccine you cannot be safe. Without proof of vaccine you cannot know if you and those you're with are indeed safe.

Until the world has a lid on it, it will be thus.
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Ian
06/04/2021 09:51:50 13 19
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if you truly believed that vaccine was panacea then you were deluded. Social distancing/masks, here to stay. Vaccines are not 100% effective

Therefore we either accept the 50K to 100K deaths every year with our 'freedoms' or status quo where we all work from home and nothing changes.

Choices/choices?
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06/04/2021 10:04:27 14 6
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So was Brexit
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06/04/2021 10:15:54 6 0
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You have to be a Troll; your comment is just too stupid to be genuine.
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06/04/2021 10:17:17 3 5
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It's about saving lives. The people who told you that you don't currently live in a free society at the moment die to "draconian" lockdown measures that the vaccines will give you your freedom back are the right-wing press and the government who want you to vote for them. Boris saves our summer, praise him! Remember what happened last summer, when our "freedom" resulted in more deaths & lockdowns.
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06/04/2021 11:06:31 4 1
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This comment typifies the ADHD-like, short attention span+shallow understanding of everything approach to life that is ubiquitous nowadays.

This superficial appreciation of the world is leading us deeper and deeper into trouble. And a population of nitwits allows itself to be governed by nitwits.
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06/04/2021 11:11:04 1 0
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Wait.
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06/04/2021 11:58:37 2 1
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They lie to the nation that's simple
06/04/2021 12:11:12 3 5
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ALLOWING YOU FREEDOM HERE ! YES?? BUT NOT TO TRAVEL AND BRING THIS SICKNESS BACK,, THAT IS BEEING SENSIBLE, NOT REMOVING FREEDOM.
06/04/2021 12:38:43 3 0
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Eh? Your comment leads me to believe you do not know much about vaccines or viruses.
06/04/2021 13:53:07 1 2
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What freedoms are being removed ?
06/04/2021 16:10:26 1 1
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It is so you don't get so poorly that you have to go into hospital. Not so that you can have a holiday abroad.
06/04/2021 16:59:35 1 0
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Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just shut up and take yours when it's offered.
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Al
06/04/2021 09:25:31 121 16
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The travel industry is always going to argue for less restrictions to enable it to trade as normally as possible. I am therefore not surprised by the comments in this article. To my mind restrictions of foreign travel are better than restrictions in the UK as a result of importing new strains of Covid from abroad. Eventually, the position will change and foreign travel will be easy again.
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06/04/2021 10:16:33 50 7
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There is only one thing Inhate more than Covid and that is the constant whining about all things related to it.
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06/04/2021 11:37:39 4 0
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Problem is the current system is not working as it is being described.
We just returned from the USA and have finished isolating at home. Nearly £400 for tests which are free in the USA. Were delivered requiring a signature and needing to be taken 2 miles to a 'priority' mailbox for mailing to the lab. Day 2 test took four days and 15 days after arriving we still do not have our Day 8 results.
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06/04/2021 09:25:38 78 75
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The government do not want people to travel, they are pushing an agenda of staycation so money can be spent in UK economy. I for one will not spend an extra penny on expensive holidays in this country,with weather so unreliable and low standards not a chance will wait until I can go to a quiet sunny part of Portugal for a month.
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06/04/2021 09:27:44 53 41
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Great post
No hotel in this country is ripping me off to sit around in the rain
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06/04/2021 09:31:35 28 13
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Can’t you just go live in Portugal
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06/04/2021 09:31:48 13 10
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I totally agree, we got ripped off last year this year its day trips and take most of our food and drink. Greedy people that the public purse propt up ripping a captive audience off
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06/04/2021 09:37:39 24 7
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Agree totally; my daughter has just been quoted nearly £1500 for a week's accommodation only in Cornwall this Summer holiday - nothing special , just a chalet van. It's profiteering , pure and simple!!
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06/04/2021 09:53:13 8 11
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unreliable weather and low standards? If you hate it here so much, then how about jogging on? We don't want you either.
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06/04/2021 10:02:55 6 0
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This is exactly wha the gov is doing. Currently there are 20,000 people arriving in the country every day, 40% of which are tourists. A visa was granted to a tourist from Peru who said on their application form that the reason for their trip to the UK was to “visit Big Ben”. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/thousands-foreign-tourists-britons-no-covid-travel-s02ltsl3j But we can't go abroad?!
Brexit has trashed our economy

But the Torys see a way to lesson its hugely negative impacts (this year) by making us holiday within the uk spending our money here

Why have a vaccine if we cannot use it to visit green listed nations with very low numbers of cases & no known varients for free?
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bex
06/04/2021 10:46:07 1 5
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Well bloody emigrate there!
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06/04/2021 10:59:36 2 1
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Absolutely, I too would rather green and bear it and hold on to every precious penny until I can go on a proper sun drenched warm sea holiday ! If staycations are part of a plan to boost the UK economy, they need to think again. A ridiculous word attached to a ridiculous plan.
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06/04/2021 09:22:57 20 17
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Once the majority in nations are vaccinated and only the youth are left then why would we need these measures on travel?
Or does the vaccine not work as well as we are told?
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RJS
06/04/2021 09:25:49 11 10
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Think you have probably hit it in one.
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06/04/2021 09:22:50 67 24
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It's unclear to me why tests would cost in excess of £200 when from Friday everyone in England is entitled (and indeed encouraged) to take free home lateral flow device tests. Since June last year I have taken 7 tests (4 PCR, 3 LFD) and not spent a single penny on any of them.
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06/04/2021 09:27:02 60 5
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Because the PCR tests which are likely to be mandated will not be provided for free in respect of travel.
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06/04/2021 09:47:56 1 10
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FAKE NEWS..... the government has said that t( new free Covid tests are for use in all spheres..... it just likely the case that other countries won’t accept the results.
06/04/2021 14:02:13 1 0
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Exactly its for your your stay here not for jolly holidays
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06/04/2021 09:27:38 387 93
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Fly abroad at the moment?......not likely!
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06/04/2021 09:33:37 237 111
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At the moment, no. But when the majority have had both vaccine injections I see no reason why not.
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06/04/2021 09:57:43 14 48
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For selfish people like you perhaps.

Most of us care more about the economy so will take a small risk against our health for the benefit of millions of livelihoods.
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06/04/2021 10:03:33 21 37
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When then?

6 months, 1 year, 5 years?

Enough is enough.
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06/04/2021 10:14:57 17 1
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If you hadn't noticed you can't until at least May 17th
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06/04/2021 11:24:07 4 4
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Funny that. I had five return international flights last year without catching covid. Then I caught it in Tesco at New Year.

My fiancée is abroad at the moment and we cannot see each other. I’ve had covid and I’ve been vaccinated, I have no objection to being tested but I do object to paying another £400 for the privilege.
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06/04/2021 11:56:49 2 4
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So the vaccine is rubbish right? What's the point of having it if you cannot move around?
06/04/2021 14:17:34 2 3
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Covid coward. You've lost the plot when the fear of dying is stopping you living.
06/04/2021 14:45:19 2 1
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Close the boarders. It did New Zealand no harm. 12 months ago into the bargain.
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06/04/2021 09:27:43 4 10
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Johan Lundgren said: "You wouldn't open up international travel for everyone, but only those who can afford it."

Is he saying that normally Easyjet flights are essentially free? Because I'm pretty sure they aren't.
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06/04/2021 09:35:19 2 1
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Living down to your user name, rather than bothering to read again?
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06/04/2021 09:36:22 0 1
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No, he is playing politics. He knows the probability of an easy jet customer being prepared to pay the additional testing costs is lower than that of say a BA customer. This is a significant disadvantage to his company so he’s playing a game by suggesting the government are being elitist.
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06/04/2021 09:30:00 1 0
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Didn’t make sense to me either. Anything you sell is only available to those that can afford it. People who can’t afford it will do something different. And if that doesn’t work for the company, they have to lower the price.
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06/04/2021 09:25:38 78 75
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The government do not want people to travel, they are pushing an agenda of staycation so money can be spent in UK economy. I for one will not spend an extra penny on expensive holidays in this country,with weather so unreliable and low standards not a chance will wait until I can go to a quiet sunny part of Portugal for a month.
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06/04/2021 09:27:44 53 41
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Great post
No hotel in this country is ripping me off to sit around in the rain
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06/04/2021 09:54:50 2 1
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Stay at home then. No cost at all that way but if you want warm weather to live elsewhere in the world. Bet you would not think it wassup off if you owned a bed and breakfast.
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06/04/2021 09:52:37 5 0
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I live in the Middle Of Devon and these crazy nutters are spending thousands to stay here ! I dont think I would be doing that !
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06/04/2021 11:46:27 1 0
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Off course every holiday abroad is cheap, it never rains and the hotels are all 5 star with perfect food! So how come so many complain about the rubbish holidays they have abroad? I think you have bought too many rose-tinted glasses for your holidays.
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06/04/2021 09:25:27 7 8
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Worry ye not : it'll get sorted and we'll be off to the sun come Autumn.

The rest of you can just stay indoors as per................
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06/04/2021 09:26:05 30 16
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During international crisis such as a pandemic of this magnitude, there should be a law that forces companies to produce critical medical equipment at cost price. Lateral flow test kits would cost pence, not pounds.
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06/04/2021 09:37:46 21 2
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And what incentive would these companies have to produce the goods? Why innovate?
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06/04/2021 09:42:44 2 2
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They do cost pennies, they are made in China.
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06/04/2021 09:46:58 7 0
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Hahahahahahahahaha. Communist claptrap. The government did an excellent job of working with AZ to produce the vaccine at cost. But if you start 'forcing' companies to do things, just watch the country turn into a basket case as they all pack up and leave.
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06/04/2021 10:30:03 6 0
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AstraZeneca produced at cost price and are now being screwed into giving up factories to companies who can afford PR and lobbying costs in America. It's not about incentive to innovate, it's about having enough money to avoid being messed about by profit-making companies.
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06/04/2021 09:22:50 67 24
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It's unclear to me why tests would cost in excess of £200 when from Friday everyone in England is entitled (and indeed encouraged) to take free home lateral flow device tests. Since June last year I have taken 7 tests (4 PCR, 3 LFD) and not spent a single penny on any of them.
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06/04/2021 09:27:34 9 5
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I think they just want to moan, and try to make excuses to get given money by the government.
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06/04/2021 09:29:01 500 82
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Making vaccinated people pay for several tests is just a money making scheme. They will give away free tests to everyone from Friday, but they won't let you use them to travel abroad. Who is making money at our expense this time?
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06/04/2021 09:42:13 140 140
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It would be highly discriminationary on the basis of age for vaccinated people (the old) to travel for free and non-vaccinated people (the young or children) to have to pay for expensive PCR tests.

Family holidays start to look very expensive - even if Saga cruises do have a sale on.
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06/04/2021 09:45:09 54 9
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I’m no expert but I assume the free tests aren’t as accurate so are much cheaper? Anyhow, keeping international travel at lower levels doesn’t sound like a bad plan during a pandemic.
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06/04/2021 10:40:44 6 3
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The 'free' tests are LFT and not massively accurate. Overseas travel requires PCR tests (which you can also get 'free' if you have Covid symptoms, otherwise you have to pay). None of these tests are actually 'free', they are paid for by the government printing money to give to their old school pals.
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VoR
06/04/2021 10:42:02 7 0
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Not at all. The risk here is that variants, specifically those that our vaccines don't work well against, are imported into the country. In that context, whether you are vaccinated or not is not the key issue.
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06/04/2021 11:02:03 4 1
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The free ones are lateral flow tests - much quicker but less accurate. These are PCR tests - far more accurate but have to be sent off to a lab. You'll almost certainly need a negative PCR test to be allowed into another country anyway, and the advantage of doing a PCR test on return is that it helps reduce the risk of you bringing it back in and the lab can test for new variants too.
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06/04/2021 11:11:25 3 5
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The free tests for all are not very reliable. That is just a Tory PA exercise, just like the London Nightingale hospital where ambulances were turned away because there wasn’t the staff.
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06/04/2021 11:28:40 7 0
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Having a vaccination does not mean you are free of Covid-19 and can't pass it onto others. It reduces your chances of being hospitalised, seriously ill, or killed by it. Airlines are private companies and therefore the tests will be from private medical companies (not the NHS), so they are passing this cost on.
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06/04/2021 11:42:04 2 0
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There are two different tests.the expensive and not free one is what you’ll need for travel
06/04/2021 12:28:19 1 2
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A vaccination doesn't mean you aren't carrying the virus. It is actually more likely you will be an asymptomatic carrier if you're vaccinated, therefore more dangerous, not less.
06/04/2021 12:29:30 1 1
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Every business you interact with?????
06/04/2021 13:29:21 2 0
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The free tests are being offered as people will start to return to work, e.g. Hospitality open us on the 12th and people may start to go back to offices in larger numbers. These are primarily aimed at these people. These are also tests done at home in private and results are not recorded. To travel overseas the result needs to be recorded or the test is worthless.
06/04/2021 14:43:42 0 1
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You can bet your bottom dollar if anyone is making money it’s a Tory Minister.
06/04/2021 15:31:51 0 1
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check which tory has ordered a new rolls.
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06/04/2021 09:23:21 14 29
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Why do we need testing - if you're vaccinated are you not protected?
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06/04/2021 09:29:14 13 3
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Well who knows what the Magaluf variant of covid will do
06/04/2021 12:44:46 1 0
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white sling backs and dancing around a handbag?
06/04/2021 15:58:48 0 0
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Think there are worst things you can catch down there!
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06/04/2021 09:23:21 14 29
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Why do we need testing - if you're vaccinated are you not protected?
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Al
06/04/2021 09:29:59 8 2
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Not 100% and the virus will eventually mutate round the current vaccines. standard Flu vaccines are only about 50% effective and the Covid Vaccines will go the same way when mare mutations are in existence.
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06/04/2021 09:22:53 22 40
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The vulnerable are vaccinated. Get the country open.

The world needs to look at itself after this mass hysteria is over.
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06/04/2021 09:30:17 15 5
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There are people who have died who had no vulnerablities, some of them young, the problem with a new virus is that nobody knows how their body is going to react to infection, so caution is required.
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06/04/2021 09:30:27 807 345
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Cost of travel
Sorry why should I as a tax payer fund idiots wanting to go abroad under these circumstances
To get away from people like you Removed
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xlr
06/04/2021 09:43:05 72 22
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You shouldn't, especially as the ones going abroad are not the ones shouldering the new tax burden.
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06/04/2021 09:53:20 146 60
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Just how "hard of thinking" does one have to be to consider going abroad at a time like this, packed into economy flights light sardines just as cases *soar* in the EU, is even a viable idea...?

How much has it taken for us, as a country, to get Covid under control, in stark contrast to the EU, and we're bothered about the likes of Easyjet's shareholders because...?
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06/04/2021 10:03:13 77 163
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Probably the most arrogant and opinionated comment you could make.
Why denegrate people.
What is your problem?
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06/04/2021 10:05:37 79 118
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£billions of your taxes have been given to Tory cronies over the past year or so in the form of dodgy PPE contracts, a Test and Trace system that wasn't etc. so why fret about a few £million going to enabling ordinary people getting on with life?
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06/04/2021 10:16:11 9 22
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As the government has been allowing around 8000 tourists in to Britain every day throughout lockdown do you think that we will be safe if British people aren't allowed to travel.
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06/04/2021 10:16:40 18 33
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It is possible that some of those people you call idiots might include NHS staff looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation over the Summer.
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06/04/2021 10:22:11 24 2
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Some of us want to leave and not return. Everywhere I look I see idiots.
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06/04/2021 10:12:51 15 5
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At last!!!! Someone with a bit of common sense
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06/04/2021 10:29:17 15 1
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No one is asking you to. But big business shouldn't be look g to make a tidy profit margin out of a crisis
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06/04/2021 10:35:52 11 30
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Because some of us don't like camping.
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Ben
06/04/2021 10:41:23 12 27
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What a barrel of joy you must be
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06/04/2021 10:46:06 6 11
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not idiots but NHS staff (nurses, doctors) and carers who have moved to the Uk on the basis that they would always be able to travel back and forth internationally to visit their aging families!
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06/04/2021 10:51:03 14 5
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Exactly. What is the urgent need to go abroad for a jolly. Spend your money at home and support local business.
624
06/04/2021 10:52:59 11 10
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Not all of us are going on holiday. Some of have not seen family for over a year.
682
06/04/2021 11:05:05 8 17
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didnt take long for the covid jobs worths who resent people with the gumption and vitality to enjoy travel.
710
06/04/2021 11:11:57 5 21
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They don't agree with you so they are idiots?

I think people unwilling to commence life are cowards, how does that sit with you?
757
06/04/2021 11:22:06 6 2
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Freedom to increase the uk carbon footprint.
810
06/04/2021 11:31:32 16 3
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Why should I have to pay for Brexit when it was monumentally stupid? Why should I have to pay for lung cancer treatment for smokers which is a stupid thing to do? Why should I have to pay for two tests a week I won't use so others can go to the pub or dangerously packed football matches?

Because dear "Freedom is not free", with in a thing called society, and it's not always just about YOU.
822
06/04/2021 11:33:49 1 1
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Seems to be some concern about where all the money is coming from.

The funding is coming from money imagined into existence by the Government via the BoE. The BBC and the media keep telling us it is borrowed money, but it isn't:

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/monetary-policy/quantitative-easing

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/markets/market-notices/2020/asset-purchase-facility-additional-
829
06/04/2021 11:34:51 5 5
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So no one can ever go abroad?
884
06/04/2021 11:44:34 5 0
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Because theres a woman running a beach bar in Malaga selling Old Speckled Hen and she isn't making a shedload of cash like she has done every year.
899
06/04/2021 11:46:47 2 3
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You paid for people to eat out last summer...
925
06/04/2021 11:51:29 7 2
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Couldn't agree more, if they want to travel let them pay. It's OK for me I live overseas but I wouldn't want to travel anywhere given the present mess the world is in. I think twice before even wanting to go out let alone sitting on a 'plane for 4/5 hours.
936
06/04/2021 11:53:04 1 4
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Idiots but the BS from Boris who want people to travel within the UK only to bring reveneu! We should boycot travel in the UK
967
06/04/2021 11:57:20 3 4
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For the same reason you pay for the rest of the testing infrastructure and the track & trace system and the vaccines and the hospital treatment for those who fall ill.

It is part of the public health system and you don't just artitrarily refuse to fund bits of it because you disapprove of how other people behave.
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06/04/2021 09:30:31 751 39
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Confused -"Everyone in England is to be given access to two rapid coronavirus tests a week from Friday, under an extension of the government's testing programme".

So either the free tests are not worth having (so why waste all that money) or someone is doing very nicely out of airport testing?
Matt Hancock's landlord perhaps? Removed
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mm
06/04/2021 09:50:12 74 18
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It is because the free tests are not reliable and give false positives and possibly false negatives
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Ian
06/04/2021 09:50:18 33 13
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it's all about getting people back into offices/city centres. the actual tests are irrelevant in terms of international flights.
175
06/04/2021 09:50:36 153 66
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Travel requires PCR testing as per most international requirements ... Lateral flow testing is less accurate but still helpful.

Why should the tax payer fund anyone who wishes to travel abroad ... perhaps the tax should also fund the tickets, accommodation and meals ?
225
06/04/2021 09:57:38 60 11
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Is it not simply that the free and cheap (lateral flow) tests are not considered reliable enough for entering/leaving the country?

This is not to say that the flow test is useless - it has a role for *mass* testing, where the cost of the PCR test would be prohibitive.
273
06/04/2021 10:03:27 77 2
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No such thing as a free test or anything as somewhere along the line we have to pay with higher taxes
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Bob
06/04/2021 10:05:06 58 14
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LFTs are cheap. Also not the best fit accuracy. But when used in numbers you'll at least prevent a good chunk of cases. In other words, better than nothing and acceptable risk. Flying requires PCR. Expensive but accurate.
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VoR
06/04/2021 10:05:33 34 6
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Tests are important at airports because it helps stop the importation of variants that our current vaccines are less effective against. A high false positive rate doesn't change that it is worthwhile in that context.

In the general population a high false positive rate is problematic when background levels are lower. But that can be worked around (e.g. confirmatory testing).
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06/04/2021 10:13:07 23 6
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The free tests are self testing and self reporting. So you can swab an orange, get a negative result and say "see, I'm clear". Massively pointless waste of time.
Easy way around this, give everyone a course of Ivermectin 7 days before travel, problem solved. Look it up if you don't know what it is - Dr Tess Lawrie. Removed
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06/04/2021 10:14:18 17 34
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As with everything this govt does, its a con.

Its not about stopping the virus coming in, its about trying to force ppl to have holidays in the uk so the money doesnt leave.

The govt say there will be 2 tests for everyone for free, yet people havew to pay for a test if they arrive from a flight? Absolute lies.

Vote this lot out at the first opportunity.
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06/04/2021 10:18:34 20 2
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Missing the point here. The free tests are useful for helping reduce the infection rate in the UK. PCR tests can be used to check for unwanted variants entering the UK which is clearly a particularly important issue with airline travel. Free Lateral flow tests for all. Pay for the PCR test yourself if you travel.
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06/04/2021 10:19:45 5 8
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The government has already invested 10s of millions of pounds and given it to private companies (maybe their old school chums) if they don't use them they lose them.
436
06/04/2021 10:26:32 6 8
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The free tests were only introduced to keep teachers quiet, and then extended to get people back to work.
The expensive tests are demanded by other countries so we're doing the same to get even more of an economic boost from 'opening up' travel again.
449
06/04/2021 10:28:35 7 12
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Half of the country has to have three tests a week, so what is the problem. Airlines brought Coronavirus to our country so bite the bullet or close down.
461
06/04/2021 10:29:56 11 0
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I would have thought that with the probable testing restrictions in place for the foreseeable future, any sensible airline would be negotiating with testing companies to negotiate a group rate at much more affordable levels.
Too obvious?
473
06/04/2021 10:32:44 5 0
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The cost of the test is around £4-5 (search praxisdienst covid-19 Antigen test) , the labour to to do the test (mainly by scientists who earn around £10-15 / hr) - the excessive inflation of the costs comes from bureaucracy to certify the test and medics who must sign them off... the later most likely being the most costly component. Somewhat ironic, as the scientist invent the test, not medics!
638
06/04/2021 10:55:13 4 3
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Yep - tests are supplied at a cost of £5. Everything else is profiteering.
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Ian
06/04/2021 10:56:26 6 4
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The Airport tests are designed to make money.
I just do not believe the cost is so high.

The Tories like to monetarize everything.
665
06/04/2021 11:00:13 5 2
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Course they are! A Tory crony is raking it in.
788
06/04/2021 11:26:59 2 1
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The lateral flow tests (rapid) aren't admissable as a test result. They are only an indicator. My understanding is you have to have a FULL traceable test (PCR) which is a lot more accurate.
920
06/04/2021 11:50:28 2 0
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Lateral flow tests, the ones you refer to, are for picking up asymptomatic cases. A matter of being an "additional tool". It does not certify you Covid-free, which is the purpose of airport/travel testing. Horses for courses.
930
06/04/2021 11:51:59 0 1
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agree. £200 for an airport test, when customers can get them free anyway makes no sense. shame on Easyjet.
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06/04/2021 11:53:08 2 0
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What a sick joke this all is. Its already been stated that those who have been vaccinated can carry the virus, so why are they not being tested too? Some MP's chums and/or relatives will be making £billions out of this racket!
950
06/04/2021 11:54:39 1 2
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Let's do a boycot on 2021 travel in the UK! No holiday abroad no holiday at home, simple!
06/04/2021 12:29:28 2 0
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Or just the free tests are less good, but still have some benefit. Good enough to pick up some extra cases, but not good enough to certify someone for a flight.

I took my car in for a once over by a mechanic - picked up a couple of minor issues to fix. Not a detailed enough test for an MOT test, but still worthwhile.
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RJS
06/04/2021 09:30:40 9 16
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It was easier to travel from Russia 50 years ago, albeit needing a sheaf of papers resembling a large novel. Thanks Boris Stalinski
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06/04/2021 09:34:06 4 4
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We weren't in a global pandemic, though, were we?
06/04/2021 14:09:29 0 0
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Russian name, but he was born in the USA, his dad thinks he's French, and he has royal ancestors from Germany - but he comes with a "made in Britain" stamp!
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06/04/2021 09:22:50 67 24
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It's unclear to me why tests would cost in excess of £200 when from Friday everyone in England is entitled (and indeed encouraged) to take free home lateral flow device tests. Since June last year I have taken 7 tests (4 PCR, 3 LFD) and not spent a single penny on any of them.
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06/04/2021 09:30:47 16 6
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OK but did you NEED to take those tests? Or just taking away resources from someone who does?
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06/04/2021 09:56:52 7 1
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I NEEDED to take the PCR tests (3 in advance of an operation in July, 1 in a local surge test for SA variant), the LFD tests have been provided for non-symptomatic testing to anyone who wants once since December so my taking them hasn't taken anyway from anyone else.
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06/04/2021 09:31:09 112 6
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Sorry, the red-amber-green lists need to be constantly reviewed based on what’s happening in other countries which is outside our control.

For instance, there has been a recent outbreak of Brazilian variant P.1 in British Columbia. If not brought under control, Canada may have to go on the red list.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7738789/covid-p1-brazil-variant-explained/
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06/04/2021 09:51:59 107 13
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Until the entire world is vaccinated new variants will keep occurring somewhere in the world and the UK will have to keep defending itself.

Vaccine production has to be stepped up significantly worldwide and this will take time.
691
06/04/2021 11:07:47 6 2
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P1 taking off in US Eastern states as well. US has also developed its own nasty mutation in California that is more infectious and antibody escaping.
06/04/2021 12:34:18 1 2
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Yep time to get rid as it has been proven “not to work”.
Let’s switch off all the traffic lights throughout the planet to cut the carbon footprint as well and see if it is effective ??????????
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06/04/2021 09:31:12 4 14
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Still lots of fun ahead, navigating holidays in the EU post Brexit! Wohooo....
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06/04/2021 09:33:31 5 7
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Get over it.
59
06/04/2021 09:36:05 1 2
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What’s Brexit got to do with Covid you plum?
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06/04/2021 09:31:17 311 22
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The test costs about only 10 quid, but private providers charge £200
249
06/04/2021 10:00:21 106 100
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Once you add in the labour, return on investment, running costs you are up to about £80 per test. So yes about half of the typical £160 is profit, but that is the norm in a Capitalist system.
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06/04/2021 09:57:11 16 16
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The tests have to be sent to a laboratory. You are not just paying for the test. You are paying for the transport, the admin and the laboratories. So £200 sounds fair to me.
448
06/04/2021 10:27:49 16 5
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Cost £125 from a private hospital I was looking at. Why the extra 75? And yeah, we're not getting these things at cost. As the Tories said... Big pharma deserve to make a profit. Thank god these businesses weren't this way when we eradicated small pox
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06/04/2021 10:58:21 8 2
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they should do it for free why? Here's a clue in your post as to why not PRIVATE providers, private, as in a provider with no obligation to do this service without compensation.
Vote labour next time round Removed
06/04/2021 12:34:46 2 1
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Dont pay it then
06/04/2021 13:24:48 2 0
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depends how quick you want the results 3-5 days then about £60, within 24hrs and signed by a Dr, then over £200
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06/04/2021 09:25:38 78 75
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The government do not want people to travel, they are pushing an agenda of staycation so money can be spent in UK economy. I for one will not spend an extra penny on expensive holidays in this country,with weather so unreliable and low standards not a chance will wait until I can go to a quiet sunny part of Portugal for a month.
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06/04/2021 09:31:35 28 13
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Can’t you just go live in Portugal
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06/04/2021 10:01:44 6 2
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I think I'll look into that....emigrating from the UK would be better than a lottery win
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06/04/2021 09:23:21 14 29
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Why do we need testing - if you're vaccinated are you not protected?
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06/04/2021 09:31:44 7 2
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Not 100%, no.

Unlike MMR, there is no data as yet that supports permanent immunity against COVID, and who knows whether the current vaccine will remain effective against potential variants (in a similar way to influenza).
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06/04/2021 09:25:38 78 75
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The government do not want people to travel, they are pushing an agenda of staycation so money can be spent in UK economy. I for one will not spend an extra penny on expensive holidays in this country,with weather so unreliable and low standards not a chance will wait until I can go to a quiet sunny part of Portugal for a month.
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06/04/2021 09:31:48 13 10
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I totally agree, we got ripped off last year this year its day trips and take most of our food and drink. Greedy people that the public purse propt up ripping a captive audience off
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06/04/2021 09:37:52 18 8
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More room for us, then, if the moaners like you don't understand businesses, and think money grows on trees for them...

Look up "supply and demand", and if you can come up with a working way around that, you'll win a Nobel Prize!
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DSA
06/04/2021 09:32:17 20 13
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Easy jet once again proving that profit and corporate greed outweighs everything else.

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06/04/2021 09:58:05 4 3
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Did you read the article? Easy Jet don't want these tests.
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06/04/2021 09:23:21 14 29
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Why do we need testing - if you're vaccinated are you not protected?
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06/04/2021 09:32:38 7 5
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Correct in that you are protected but you may still be able to carry the virus and may be able to pass it on. There is also the fear around transmission of new variants.
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06/04/2021 09:32:51 15 8
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It's an embarassment that anyone thinks there is a way out of this

International travel is inherently risky and none of the tests are good enough to prevent an outbreak

Why else would NZ have 4 tests before leaving quarantine over the 2 weeks for it's international travel

Positive means positive

Negative means you might be positive 30% of the time
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06/04/2021 09:32:56 137 32
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new zealand. covid free for months now. there you can live life exactly as before covid. whats the catch? they actually did a proper lockdown of the island, people couldnt travel, but now they can enjoy a nice beer or festival or see family. id happily swap a boring package holiday of chips and ketchup on fake beaches for a year of being able to see my family
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nps
06/04/2021 09:36:01 73 21
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Yes because they don’t let anyone from another country but we r not like that
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06/04/2021 09:37:52 11 29
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Apartheid country along with their cousins in kangaroo ?? island
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06/04/2021 09:42:28 20 9
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So move to New Zealand . . .
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AJ
06/04/2021 09:42:40 39 8
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UK population density = 275/km^2
NZ population density = 18/km^2

I don't think you can compare them.
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06/04/2021 09:59:06 30 18
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You really do have a very narrowminded view of foreign travel don't you. There is far more to the World than package holidays, chips and fake beaches. Vile comment.
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06/04/2021 10:24:52 15 9
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It’s because nobody bl00dy lives or goes there.

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Ben
06/04/2021 10:48:51 7 4
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Cheers for the self-centred insight. Really appreciate it. Fingers crossed borders stay closed for longer because you don't like package holidays.
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06/04/2021 10:53:44 9 12
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Florida. No lockdown, just common sense pertinent measures. They always lived a normal live and protected their economy and their people. Sweden too though to a lesser extent.
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06/04/2021 11:08:20 11 10
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Florida didn't do any lockdown, just common sense sensible measures and they've not stopped enjoying nice beers and festivals with their families, whilst incurring less deaths and damage to the economy than lockdown countries.
775
06/04/2021 11:24:53 3 5
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Hmm yeah but nobody wants to visit NZ. Key difference.
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06/04/2021 11:33:19 13 1
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The big difference between the UK and NZ is that the nearest populated land mass to NZ is 1500 miles away. France is 22 miles from Folkstone and on a calm day you get across that is a rubber dinghy. Some folks even swim it! Comparisons are sometimes disingenuous.
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06/04/2021 11:40:34 7 3
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Tell that to the hotel owners, airport workers, tourism providers...etc. Do you think they are living their lives exactly as before covid? Delusional and one track minded.
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06/04/2021 11:43:08 10 3
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You do realise that NZ is the same size as the UK but with 5m people rather than 70m? Do you also realise that they are a little but geographically isolated and that they are a net exporter of food where we import 80% of ours? So dont make youself look stupid by comparing the two.
06/04/2021 12:46:32 1 2
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Do you realise that for some of us our family is not in thE UK?!? I'd rather open the borders to see my wife and family than being stuck in the UK.
06/04/2021 13:06:52 1 0
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Yes they can. But until they have vaccinated most of the population they will have to have strict measures in place as they have no background immunity from people actually having caught COVID. One mistake and COVID will spread like wildfire. So far it looks like less than 1% of the population has been vaccinated.
06/04/2021 13:19:37 3 0
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They have a small population and a large country. Nobody passes through there, so closing borders to tourists is easy (in normal times the population of NZ passes through (not comes in) Heathrow every 3 weeks), and when the pandemic started there weren't 3 million New Zealanders in the worst hot areas in Italy, Spain and France, all of whom were repatriated.
06/04/2021 13:41:32 2 0
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Many scientists have predicted they will have big problems when they open fully.
06/04/2021 14:51:18 2 0
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NZ has done extremely well - no doubt. BUT it is far easier to manage a population one 15th the size of the UK and with a land mass 1.2 times the UK and which is located far from rest of world. Compared to UK and EU hardly anyone really visits in comparison. You can shut borders you have ultimate control of (unlike in UK due to devolved governments). So yes NZ did well. Good luck emigrating
06/04/2021 15:46:51 1 0
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NZ is miles from anywhere so can shut up shop easily
06/04/2021 16:24:20 0 0
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True but why add MORE variants from abroad ?
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06/04/2021 09:33:02 14 14
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Can someone please tell me why we are having these jabs? when evidently the government doesn't seem to have much faith in them. February was told that jabs was the way forward to unlocking, now we are told 2 test plus passports. These jabs either work of they don't, if they don't then we have just wasted £m's in purchasing them and getting people jabbed!
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06/04/2021 09:36:37 15 3
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There's no doubt they are working at the moment.

Th concern is that new variants might reduce their efficacy.
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06/04/2021 09:44:28 1 0
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You are aware that half the population haven't had one jab yet and 90% haven't had both?
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06/04/2021 09:23:44 36 20
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No foreign holidays this year.
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06/04/2021 09:33:06 10 49
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For selfish people like you perhaps.

Most of us care more about the economy so will take a small risk against our health for the benefit of millions of livelihoods.
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06/04/2021 09:48:33 22 3
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This is the most ridiculous comment I’ve read in a while
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06/04/2021 10:10:41 18 1
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Yeah, because it's all about livelihoods for you... Maybe I'm too much of a cynic, but I seriously doubt you're spending your evenings crying that waiters in Benidorm are having a hard time, and that the only way to allay your grief is to risk your health (your words) to 'save' them.
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bex
06/04/2021 10:44:26 11 1
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Spend your money in the UK...it doesn’t have to all be spent on air fare
06/04/2021 12:05:38 3 1
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So you take holidays abroad for the benefit of the economy then! I can see the ads now- fly to Spain have a horrid time, but keep smiling as you are benefitting to economy!
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06/04/2021 09:33:12 582 184
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Hmm, who to listen to? The companies which imported thousands of cases or the health experts?

If we have to stop all non-essential international travel for another year, so be it. And I say that as somebody with family and friends in other countries.

It's this or endless lockdowns, so they can pipe down.
GROW UP!, you are insensitive, just because you don't want to see family and friends, don't push that on to other people, bully for you that you want to stay in your cave just rocking in the corner! Removed
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06/04/2021 09:37:15 34 52
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I think you'll find it was this government that allowed international travel to continue at the Hight of the pandemic without bothering to test arrivals, resulting in unnecessary lock downs.

So you can pipe down.
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06/04/2021 10:03:52 14 27
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that would be the health experts who are in government funded jobs when we're all still paying for the lockdowns in 30 years time, they're be sitting nice and comfy on their government funded final salary pension
Then why have we been vaccinated John?

There will always be a new varient somewhere out there in the world

Should the nation be kept prisioner on this island with only the rich able to leave?
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06/04/2021 10:20:18 5 8
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Some people set a higher bar for their lives and would like to get on with living it.
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06/04/2021 10:34:22 6 5
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Those who want to visit friends and family can - but have to accept the time and costs of testing and quarantine each way.

So now - are those friends and family not worth it now, and what does that say about you ?
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06/04/2021 10:39:22 5 6
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Nothing is going to stop this, they have already stated that, next year it will be the Alaskan variant or whatever variant, you can hide if you want, I would rather take the minute risk.
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06/04/2021 10:48:08 6 2
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SO who's guaranteeing that if you shut borders for another year the next year won't be just the same, and the next one and the one after? The whole strategy should have been based around learning to live with the virus which is never going away, no matter how tough the restrictions and lengthy the border closures!
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Ian
06/04/2021 11:00:32 15 2
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I have my wife abroad and my son in Spain.

If I can go without seeing them, people can postpone a holiday
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06/04/2021 11:07:04 5 9
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another covid jobsworth afraid of their own shadow.
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06/04/2021 11:12:59 1 6
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The health "experts"? hahahahaha - you can't be serious?
06/04/2021 12:15:00 5 0
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Your right to globe hop does not trump our right to be be disease free.
06/04/2021 12:20:56 2 1
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It won't be just another year though. Covid is not going anywhere - countries must learn to mitigate and manage the risk or stop all international travel indefinitely. That's the reality.
06/04/2021 12:50:26 0 0
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Your choice but obviously I'd prefer to be allowed to see my wife and family in France than going to useless non-essential shops.
06/04/2021 13:27:12 0 0
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Indeed. Anything from Travel companies will all be about profit and so they are going to be biased. Chile have vaccinated a third of their population, then opened up everything and they now have hugely rising covid cases and are locking down again. Do we want this to happen to the UK? Best to be over cautious then over cautious, besides you don't have to go overseas to have a holiday.
06/04/2021 13:27:31 0 0
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Well, is this now an endless Lock- down ? As someone with an aging mother and seriously unwell sister in a Scandinavian country, I and my daughter would welcome the chance to visit at an affordable price . Why not open up NHS lateral - flow test centre at the airports too, and let us contribute a small amount instead of letting profiteering companies run them !
06/04/2021 14:17:07 0 0
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And As a husband who has already been separated from my Wife and young Children for 15 months I say Shut up
06/04/2021 14:40:53 0 0
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You listen to the experts, spend the rest of your days hiding under your desk like my GP.

You can't hide from something you can't see !
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06/04/2021 09:24:24 20 21
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Vaccines - free ( but only if you are old).

PCR tests - very expensive.

Family holidays are starting to look cost prohibitive for the vast majority.
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06/04/2021 09:33:17 29 4
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The vaccines are free to all, when it gets to your age group. What this is doing though is allowing those who haven't been vaccinated the option of going away.

Although who would want go on holiday now or even in the summer? Look at the infection rates - rising virtually everywhere in Europe. The green list is going to be very slim pickings.
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06/04/2021 09:31:12 4 14
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Still lots of fun ahead, navigating holidays in the EU post Brexit! Wohooo....
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06/04/2021 09:33:31 5 7
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Get over it.
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06/04/2021 09:41:05 1 1
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Not even started yet, going to be waiting a long time for your benefits of Brexit!
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06/04/2021 09:22:50 67 24
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It's unclear to me why tests would cost in excess of £200 when from Friday everyone in England is entitled (and indeed encouraged) to take free home lateral flow device tests. Since June last year I have taken 7 tests (4 PCR, 3 LFD) and not spent a single penny on any of them.
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06/04/2021 09:33:36 14 10
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I agree tests should be free, however holiday is a personal choice not a right, £200 is excessive and the cost should be nominal I see no problem with charging £5 per test until the virus is supressed worldwide, as the more prudent choice for any individual is to simply not holiday until the pandemic has ended.
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06/04/2021 09:27:38 387 93
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Fly abroad at the moment?......not likely!
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06/04/2021 09:33:37 237 111
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At the moment, no. But when the majority have had both vaccine injections I see no reason why not.
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06/04/2021 09:36:31 44 39
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That's because you don't understand how viruses work nor what a mutation is.
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xlr
06/04/2021 09:44:10 58 13
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And bring back a new mutation that antibodies to the vaccines don't counter?

You have got to realise this: normality doesn't return until everyone has been vaccinated. That doesn't just mean everyone in the UK.
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06/04/2021 09:54:16 28 24
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you're a bit clueless arent you?
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06/04/2021 10:14:01 35 5
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The problem is that vaccination does not prevent you from carrying and transmitting the virus. Emerging evidence strongly indicates that it *reduces* transmission rates in the vaccinated, but not to zero. This, coupled with the danger of importing (and exporting!) new potentially vaccine-resistant variants, means that we still need testing for international travel.
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06/04/2021 10:17:25 15 5
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Apart from the fact that you can still infect others.
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06/04/2021 10:29:47 7 4
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Do you mean the majority in Britain and in the country they visit? And the country they visit would need to apply the same rules to prevent infection from a third country. No, stay home.
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06/04/2021 10:48:46 2 4
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Except you still have to pay for the shamelessly expensive tests even you had the vaccine. joke!
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06/04/2021 10:53:13 5 5
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So you are not concerned about people returning with numerous covid variants?
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06/04/2021 11:44:59 1 1
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I agree, we are at about 60% who have had at least 1 jab hopefully by the end of April this will be above 70% close to herd immunity figures. I personally would go if i have had 2 jabs and on or after mid June.
06/04/2021 12:06:48 2 0
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Unfortunately even if you have had your vaccinations you can still be a carrier of COVID, so having a test makes total common sense. It is very likely that most countries will not allow travellers in without these tests.
06/04/2021 12:07:18 3 6
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BECAUSE THE VACINE ,,IS NOT 100% PROOF??and you could be a carrier,, bringing it back to KILL SOME PERSON!!
06/04/2021 12:56:25 1 1
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Except the countries you are flying too have more Covid cases and more worryingly a lot more variants that the existing Vaccines may not handle well. So you could be bringing back the Third, or even Fourth wave to this country and causing another Lockdown.

'Be patient', and not 'Be a 'Patient'
06/04/2021 13:00:36 2 0
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Really ???? Like going to a country with poor vaccination rates and high risk of bringing a new variant back into the UK ????
06/04/2021 13:28:05 1 1
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Why risk going abroad to import a new variety of the disease and restart all the trouble? None so blind as those who do not want to see.
It matters little what the vaccination status of the UK is, it is the vaccination and disease status of the destination that's the problem. Not to mention all the people you mix with at the the airports each end which could be from anywhere. We really need to stop all international travel until the whole world is vaccinated and we are on top of the problem.
06/04/2021 16:26:43 0 0
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Why not Vaccines do not stop you getting it our bringing it back in, why all this hype about a vaccine that has not been tested brain washed by media big tech and big Pharma
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06/04/2021 09:23:21 14 29
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Why do we need testing - if you're vaccinated are you not protected?
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06/04/2021 09:33:48 7 3
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No vaccine does not protect
It reduces transmission
Reduces impact
But does not prevent

It’s why we will need to live with it just like flu.

But ????? why would anyone rush to undo all the pain and good work to bring back SA variant
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06/04/2021 09:30:27 807 345
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Cost of travel
Sorry why should I as a tax payer fund idiots wanting to go abroad under these circumstances
To get away from people like you Removed
To live abroad yourself then you selfish git. Removed
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06/04/2021 10:11:05 63 43
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Well go and stay there then. Preferably a small island in the middle of the Atlantic. Get rid of people like you and other selfish people posting here and we would have less pollution more housing for those in need of it higher employment less impact on the health service having to treat selfish persons who ignore the warnings and get covid. Just go. Bye bye.
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06/04/2021 09:25:10 230 158
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Why are we being vaccinated ?

It was billed as allowing our freedom back, whilst at the same time, taking even more freedoms away.
This scam-demic has been long in the planning. research the Rockefeller document "lockstep" published in 2010.
Removed
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06/04/2021 09:50:23 7 1
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The Rockefeller article has been completely debunked as an American conspiracy theory.....
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06/04/2021 09:58:24 1 4
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Agreed!
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RJS
06/04/2021 09:30:40 9 16
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It was easier to travel from Russia 50 years ago, albeit needing a sheaf of papers resembling a large novel. Thanks Boris Stalinski
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06/04/2021 09:34:06 4 4
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We weren't in a global pandemic, though, were we?
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RJS
06/04/2021 09:41:51 2 0
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Next thing it will be off to the Gulag for not complying with some dictat from this supposed governmetn.
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06/04/2021 09:23:21 14 29
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Why do we need testing - if you're vaccinated are you not protected?
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06/04/2021 09:34:16 8 2
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If you have been vaccinated your protection against Covid-19 is much higher (though not 100%) and your ability to carry the virus is much reduced (though not zero). You'd need to be tested to protect others from your (small) chance of carrying the virus yourself.
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06/04/2021 09:34:25 409 167
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People are not entitled to foreign holidays. The health and safety of the general population comes first
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06/04/2021 09:38:54 348 27
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Maybe this government should have closed the airports during the height of the pandemic?
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PBN
06/04/2021 09:59:29 8 3
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Try telling that to the Rangers fans.. they didn't need to go on 'foreign holidays'..
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06/04/2021 10:05:32 19 20
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When ALL of the top 9 groups have had their second jab, will you still be denying millions the ability to leave this forsaken island?

If you do, why?
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06/04/2021 10:06:22 7 4
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Does mental health count or not?
In which case can I have a job and some income please.
So its ok that the rich (who can easily afford 400 for two tests) can fly whereas poorer brits cannot?

If a country is green listed, with very few cases and no known varients within its borders, why make Brits who have been filly vaccinated take a test to visit there?
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06/04/2021 10:20:24 17 9
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If Stanley Johnson can go abroad why should the rest of be locked up in Britain?
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06/04/2021 10:24:14 8 2
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Even when over 50% of that population has been vaccinated and hospital admissions are at the same level as last summer when you could travel freely.
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Rob
06/04/2021 10:30:02 16 9
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You stay hiding in your cave , i can't wait to get away.
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06/04/2021 10:49:12 0 1
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But they are entitled to seeing their families aborad!
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06/04/2021 11:05:37 5 1
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But the people who work in the travel related industries - including those working abroad and relying on tourist £s - are entitled to clarity regarding their futures. They have little or no option to change jobs and the alternative is for the taxpayer to fund furlough for them. Plenty of people using furlough as an extended holiday - which I personally object to funding from my working tax.
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06/04/2021 11:17:52 3 3
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People are not entitled to anything anymore, thanks to cowards like you.
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06/04/2021 11:34:15 0 0
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You could make the same argument about pubs, football matches, retail shopping, making people work in the office and so on, but at some point we have to get back to normality.
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06/04/2021 11:56:50 0 2
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Yes we are
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06/04/2021 11:57:45 0 1
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You're one of those who believe everything bad comes from abroad!
06/04/2021 12:54:15 0 1
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that is a very narrow observation with out looking at other facts, what is the percentage of death per million people. and would you give up 4 years of your life on this planet considering we all may be lucky to live to 80 years old. Not to travel and experiance the world is a waste of life. We need to look at living with this rather than hiding.
06/04/2021 13:36:02 0 2
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We all should be entitled to freedom to travel. I never gave govt permission to lock me up unpaid for the best part of the last year! Criminals get trials, I'm still waiting to even hear what I was charged with!
06/04/2021 14:18:26 0 2
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Commie
06/04/2021 16:13:01 1 0
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I expect somebody will add it to the ever-growing list of "basic human rights" soon !
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06/04/2021 09:34:30 184 41
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Is there anything these people will not whinge and whine about? If you don’t want to do what is suggested, come up with something better or stay closed and do something else with your self-seeking profit-making life.
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06/04/2021 10:50:54 24 23
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People are coming up with better solutions but they are shunned straight from the outset, targeted protection is the only solution that was needed e.g FLorida.
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06/04/2021 11:37:33 3 3
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'Do something else with your-self seeking profit-making life'.

I assume you would advocate all CEOs resigning then? In fact, anyone who works for a company who tries to make money should resign now? Did you see Deliveroo are doing an IPO, you should tell the person who delivers your next takeaway to quit, as they're clearly part of the problem. All entrepreneurs too. And the self-employed.
06/04/2021 13:02:40 1 5
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Why? thats what Labour have been doing for decades !!!
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06/04/2021 09:34:45 18 5
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"Everyone must be at risk otherwise we can't make money so they MUST be at risk because we MUST make money ..."

Easyjet.
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06/04/2021 09:30:31 751 39
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Confused -"Everyone in England is to be given access to two rapid coronavirus tests a week from Friday, under an extension of the government's testing programme".

So either the free tests are not worth having (so why waste all that money) or someone is doing very nicely out of airport testing?
Matt Hancock's landlord perhaps? Removed
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06/04/2021 10:02:20 8 17
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For goodness sake make a sensible comment not a silly one.
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06/04/2021 09:25:10 230 158
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Why are we being vaccinated ?

It was billed as allowing our freedom back, whilst at the same time, taking even more freedoms away.
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06/04/2021 09:35:04 29 6
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Not taking away
Just charging the user the cost
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06/04/2021 09:35:05 15 8
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They’re not nicknamed Sleazy Jet for nothing.
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06/04/2021 09:27:43 4 10
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Johan Lundgren said: "You wouldn't open up international travel for everyone, but only those who can afford it."

Is he saying that normally Easyjet flights are essentially free? Because I'm pretty sure they aren't.
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06/04/2021 09:35:19 2 1
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Living down to your user name, rather than bothering to read again?
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06/04/2021 09:35:24 44 7
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Lateral flow tests don't cost £200
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06/04/2021 09:43:40 63 17
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They will if you let Sleazy Jet set a price for them. £50 for the tests and £150 profit!
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06/04/2021 09:44:14 8 6
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Sorry I meant to say they don't cost £200 so long as MP's don't give out the contracts to mates at inflated prices. Mp's have taken full advantage of this at out tax's expense. Rip off.
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06/04/2021 09:46:57 6 0
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Lateral flow tests aren't what they are talking about, PCR are what will likely be implemented and these will cost the individual if required for travel.
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06/04/2021 09:48:06 16 6
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Lateral flow tests are not going to be used so the cost of them is irrelevant. The tests required are the far more accurate PCR tests - processed in a laboratory. They are obviously going to be much more expensive. If people want to go abroad and risk bringing in virus then they should be prepared to pay the extra costs for it, including mandatory 2 week isolation hotel regardless of start point.
06/04/2021 14:19:35 0 0
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Private companies can charge as much aa they can get away with
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06/04/2021 09:35:31 17 3
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Who else thinks a certain Ministers pub landlord has moved into "testing" now?? If you want to go abroad take the test
06/04/2021 14:35:02 1 0
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He also has a warehouse of lateral flow (so called because tax payers money moves towards him down a policy pipe) test to peddle

They are a very limited test and always have been
And even if they are 'free' nobody who works for a living wants to know if their sniffle is the coveed, as the consequences of a positive are far from free
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06/04/2021 09:32:56 137 32
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new zealand. covid free for months now. there you can live life exactly as before covid. whats the catch? they actually did a proper lockdown of the island, people couldnt travel, but now they can enjoy a nice beer or festival or see family. id happily swap a boring package holiday of chips and ketchup on fake beaches for a year of being able to see my family
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nps
06/04/2021 09:36:01 73 21
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Yes because they don’t let anyone from another country but we r not like that
06/04/2021 12:14:09 3 1
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Why not?... it’s not a racism thing it’s a health and well-being thing.
06/04/2021 12:25:22 6 2
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Its an island nation with a tiny population, literally in the middle of nowhere. Hardly difficult
06/04/2021 12:41:46 3 2
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We should have been. We live on an island, it's kinda REALLY EASY to close our borders. But our PM is in the pocket of business who claimed international travel was essential. It's sickening we've had 120000 deaths because he didn't do this.
06/04/2021 13:58:59 2 0
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They have not, they just made them pay 1750 dollars per person
for a two week stay in a quarantine hotel from day one, that put most off. They still had problem with covid getting out but stamped on it asap with forced quarantine and a good track and trace.
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06/04/2021 09:31:12 4 14
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Still lots of fun ahead, navigating holidays in the EU post Brexit! Wohooo....
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06/04/2021 09:36:05 1 2
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What’s Brexit got to do with Covid you plum?
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06/04/2021 09:39:58 0 1
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Obviously a lot you pineapple
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06/04/2021 09:36:12 10 12
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To all those who have been screaming over the last 12 months about closing borders and "You'd have to be an imbecile to travel during a pandemic."

I simply ask, when exactly do you expect people to go on holiday? 1 month from now, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years?

Saying everyone should holiday in the UK and wait another year isn't good enough.
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06/04/2021 09:41:44 1 3
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Why? Foreign holidays currently RISK THE LIVES OF REAL PEOPLE. Don't be selfish, stay in the UK
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06/04/2021 09:43:24 1 0
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Holidaying in the UK wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't for the average food, poor service, awful weather and litter strewn and dog fouled streets and beaches,
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06/04/2021 09:47:20 0 1
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Oh for goodness sake get a grip. No one NEEDS a holiday abroad. You must be a millennial otherwise you'd have patience and a little respect for the rules.
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06/04/2021 09:33:12 582 184
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Hmm, who to listen to? The companies which imported thousands of cases or the health experts?

If we have to stop all non-essential international travel for another year, so be it. And I say that as somebody with family and friends in other countries.

It's this or endless lockdowns, so they can pipe down.
GROW UP!, you are insensitive, just because you don't want to see family and friends, don't push that on to other people, bully for you that you want to stay in your cave just rocking in the corner! Removed
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06/04/2021 09:45:27 53 12
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It's the people who tell others to "grow up" that are the real problem.... crass and "insensitive"!!!
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06/04/2021 09:59:16 34 16
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Guessing you have not lost anyone to covid either that or you are the insensitive one. You want a different country then go live there. Otherwise YOU GROW UP.
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06/04/2021 10:01:51 51 19
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We're a democracy. We go with the best thing for the majority. The majority have their friends and family in this country and don't want the minority to bring back mutated viruses from abroad so there are more lockdowns and isolation.
Having international families and relationships are a risk and I hope people realise this now.
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06/04/2021 10:02:34 14 1
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My cave is round. It does not have a corner.
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06/04/2021 10:02:52 32 7
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Templar Knight. Mmm. Guess you are used to roaming Europe and middle East reaping death and destruction as the All Conquering Brit. This time stay there and don't bring death back here.
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06/04/2021 10:09:03 5 2
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who needs to GROW UP?
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06/04/2021 10:11:47 26 2
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Indeed, why don't you GROW UP?!

I want to see family and friends, but I don't want any of us to risk serious illness or even death for the privilege.

It would appear you cannot say the same.....
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06/04/2021 10:12:58 7 12
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Couldn't agree more. Vaccination was supposed to free us up. And by the way all viruses mutate, it's what they do. And there is nothing a Government likes more than scared people.
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06/04/2021 09:27:43 4 10
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Johan Lundgren said: "You wouldn't open up international travel for everyone, but only those who can afford it."

Is he saying that normally Easyjet flights are essentially free? Because I'm pretty sure they aren't.
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06/04/2021 09:36:22 0 1
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No, he is playing politics. He knows the probability of an easy jet customer being prepared to pay the additional testing costs is lower than that of say a BA customer. This is a significant disadvantage to his company so he’s playing a game by suggesting the government are being elitist.
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06/04/2021 09:33:37 237 111
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At the moment, no. But when the majority have had both vaccine injections I see no reason why not.
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06/04/2021 09:36:31 44 39
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That's because you don't understand how viruses work nor what a mutation is.
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06/04/2021 11:13:44 8 6
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Ok mate - lets just hide in our houses forever eh? Get a grip you complete coward.
06/04/2021 15:00:04 0 1
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I do, and I'll be travelling as soon as they say we can. Too many people are using this pandemic as an excuse to try bringing everybody down to their level instead of trying to improve themselves. Green eyed monsters everywhere at the moment.
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06/04/2021 09:33:02 14 14
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Can someone please tell me why we are having these jabs? when evidently the government doesn't seem to have much faith in them. February was told that jabs was the way forward to unlocking, now we are told 2 test plus passports. These jabs either work of they don't, if they don't then we have just wasted £m's in purchasing them and getting people jabbed!
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06/04/2021 09:36:37 15 3
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There's no doubt they are working at the moment.

Th concern is that new variants might reduce their efficacy.
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06/04/2021 09:36:57 11 8
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The uncertainty around travel is because in a populist state such as the UK, the Govt can't admit it doesn't know what foreign travel will be safe in Mid May.

It also means it cannot admit mistakes from the past (there have been some) only celebrate the successes.

It's a shame because in order to learn from mistakes you have to acknowledge them.

So more people die in the name of Populism.
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06/04/2021 09:37:11 4 4
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I have a holiday booked and have a free cancellation guarantee so im waiting.
My decision point is when i pay the balance.
If tests in both directions for 2 kids and 2 adults are more than £400 total, we cancel and have lost nothing but time.
Simple
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06/04/2021 09:48:31 0 1
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You hope.
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06/04/2021 09:33:12 582 184
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Hmm, who to listen to? The companies which imported thousands of cases or the health experts?

If we have to stop all non-essential international travel for another year, so be it. And I say that as somebody with family and friends in other countries.

It's this or endless lockdowns, so they can pipe down.
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06/04/2021 09:37:15 34 52
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I think you'll find it was this government that allowed international travel to continue at the Hight of the pandemic without bothering to test arrivals, resulting in unnecessary lock downs.

So you can pipe down.
06/04/2021 12:21:38 2 0
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But they are trying to do something about it now and still getting caned by people like you. They can’t win
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06/04/2021 09:37:30 8 10
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We definitely need covid passports. People like Kier Starmer who say "they're just not British" are living on a different planet - and obviously haven't been listening for the last year - or are utterly selfish. I'm going to Greece in June for my hols.
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06/04/2021 09:44:19 4 0
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No, I have to disagree. Not a Labour fan but he is right. It is a slippery slope. There must be a complete return to all freedoms enjoyed pre-Covid at some stage, that's what a vaccination programme is buying us. Any curtailing of freedoms must be temporary in the name of public health, and when the public health threat is diminished/gone things like 'Covid Passports' should not even be mentioned
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06/04/2021 09:37:38 322 42
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Look at what other countries are doing, Australia waiting list for its citizens to return although it seems some celebrities and sports people getting around it.
Germany all must have a test to fly there and mandatory isolation.
Easy Jet and others more interested in their bottom line than health.
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06/04/2021 10:12:09 162 300
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Shock horror.
Businesses wanting to not haemorrhage more cash and want a clear plan.
BJ doesn't have a clue, nor his cabinet. Never have.
Look at footfall reduction in retail, in UK v US, 80% reduction v 20% reduction. Ask yourself why the US has a lower infection rate per 100,000 ?
UK Government has made criminal mess of this whole thing and still continues to do so.
Vote them Out!
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06/04/2021 10:24:23 13 7
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Yes but in Germany you can pop down to your testing centre, wait 5 mins and pick up you certificate alles kostet loss. Why goventment funds rather than the money goes into the pockets of those who get a contract from the gov
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06/04/2021 11:10:30 20 0
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The airlines aren't "in it for the money" they are in a battle for their survival.

Personally I'm not interested in flying ATM, as wearing as mask from entry to the terminal through to exit at the other end, which even on a short trip to, say Barcelona would still mean 4-5 hours masked up isn't my idea of fun.

Each to their own though.
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06/04/2021 11:25:49 9 1
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The countries who have covid under control are rightly operating tight control over their borders.

If the UK does not follow their example then we risk importing new covid variants leading to repeated lock-downs which affects everything. Given the choice between opening our domestic economy back up and pandering to the aviation industry then I feel the domestic economy should win every time.
06/04/2021 12:12:01 1 0
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Yes but the Germans PCR tests are FREE. Even the one to get our of quarantine after 5 days. (Somehow the tax payer is paying.) FREE PCR in France as well. So why would they not fly without one?
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06/04/2021 09:25:01 11 46
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We don't want your testing, or your CV certificates.
Thanking you.
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06/04/2021 09:37:39 4 11
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The fact that you have at this moment 8 down votes shows how gullible & dumbed down the British population are.

The scam-demic has to rely on these not fit for purpose test to "prove" there's a "pandemic" & the TV watching & media believing zombies lap it up.
06/04/2021 15:13:54 0 0
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This reply is evidence that you cannot, as my old boss used to say, educate pork!
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06/04/2021 09:25:38 78 75
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The government do not want people to travel, they are pushing an agenda of staycation so money can be spent in UK economy. I for one will not spend an extra penny on expensive holidays in this country,with weather so unreliable and low standards not a chance will wait until I can go to a quiet sunny part of Portugal for a month.
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06/04/2021 09:37:39 24 7
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Agree totally; my daughter has just been quoted nearly £1500 for a week's accommodation only in Cornwall this Summer holiday - nothing special , just a chalet van. It's profiteering , pure and simple!!
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06/04/2021 09:26:05 30 16
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During international crisis such as a pandemic of this magnitude, there should be a law that forces companies to produce critical medical equipment at cost price. Lateral flow test kits would cost pence, not pounds.
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06/04/2021 09:37:46 21 2
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And what incentive would these companies have to produce the goods? Why innovate?
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06/04/2021 09:37:51 6 7
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I'll be going away to France in August, USA and Sweden in September and possibly Poland some time over the summer as well.

I seriously doubt that by August tests will be £200 a pop. They've backed themselves into a corner with (supposedly the plan of) not offering LF tests in relation to travel, as if it's good enough for schools, people will ask why it isn't good enough for travel.
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06/04/2021 09:40:27 7 5
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Nobody needs to travel as much as you are planning! Every trip outside the UK risks bringing in a new variant and undoing all the good work done so far. So be a good chap and cancel your trips.
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06/04/2021 09:32:56 137 32
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new zealand. covid free for months now. there you can live life exactly as before covid. whats the catch? they actually did a proper lockdown of the island, people couldnt travel, but now they can enjoy a nice beer or festival or see family. id happily swap a boring package holiday of chips and ketchup on fake beaches for a year of being able to see my family
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06/04/2021 09:37:52 11 29
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Apartheid country along with their cousins in kangaroo ?? island
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06/04/2021 09:31:48 13 10
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I totally agree, we got ripped off last year this year its day trips and take most of our food and drink. Greedy people that the public purse propt up ripping a captive audience off
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06/04/2021 09:37:52 18 8
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More room for us, then, if the moaners like you don't understand businesses, and think money grows on trees for them...

Look up "supply and demand", and if you can come up with a working way around that, you'll win a Nobel Prize!
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06/04/2021 09:41:55 11 13
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Yep based on greed and a lot of tax dodgers, keep it i will wait for the borders to reopen and off to greece it will be.
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06/04/2021 09:52:19 7 4
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To Atomic Lizard
There's a really easy way round 'supply and demand' - Accommodation businesses charge what they historically have done rather than what they think they market will bear in this extraordinary year. You might call it 'fair pricing.' Who knows it might even generate goodwill and repeat business ...
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06/04/2021 09:38:22 13 11
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What is the point of the vaccine if not to return us to normal life including international travel ?
Lockdown Boris seems to be determined to keep the plebs at home for as long as he can possibly get away with.
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06/04/2021 09:42:10 2 4
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Err because not everyone has been vaccinated and there are the fools that refuse the vaccination. Not rocket science is it
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06/04/2021 09:44:56 2 0
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Because at the moment only a fraction of people have had 2 jabs and less then half the population have had any jabs.

Don't fall for Blow Jo's headline spin. The reality is we're miles away from where we and the rest of the world needs to be.
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06/04/2021 09:47:21 0 2
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With 8 people and counting liking your nonsense post proves that the government will continue to have a hard time getting people like you to understand the basics.
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06/04/2021 09:47:22 1 0
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Not just about us having a vaccine, other countries also need to be in the same position
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06/04/2021 09:25:10 230 158
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Why are we being vaccinated ?

It was billed as allowing our freedom back, whilst at the same time, taking even more freedoms away.
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06/04/2021 09:38:22 43 4
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It's simple, to keep the virus at bay. The vaccine does not stop you catching it or passing it on but makes it less deadly and unlikely to go into hospital.
As a country we are doing well on vaccination but other countries need to do as well, so its far better if froeign travel is limited to limit any new spread in this country on return.
I agree about being ripped off in this country.
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06/04/2021 09:46:03 19 40
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If we are all vaccinated, we can't stay an island for ever over the fear of mutations in the virus, which will happy anyway. Is it not better to open up to international travel and let the waves happen and deal with them
367
06/04/2021 10:14:21 6 0
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The vaccine significantly reduces the chances of both acquiring the virus and indeed passing it on - do keep up.
06/04/2021 19:43:04 0 0
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Then no vaccine for me
7
06/04/2021 09:25:01 11 46
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We don't want your testing, or your CV certificates.
Thanking you.
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06/04/2021 09:38:29 5 0
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You’re not planning on travelling, or attending any events or similar for the foreseeable future then I presume.
8
06/04/2021 09:25:10 230 158
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Why are we being vaccinated ?

It was billed as allowing our freedom back, whilst at the same time, taking even more freedoms away.
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06/04/2021 09:38:37 30 3
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If it was a brain disease, you wouldn't need to be vaccinated...
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06/04/2021 09:38:37 8 4
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Who would have thought SleazyJet would be the first to say something.....

Probably at the same time adding 'COVID19 Test -£200' option to its booking system....
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06/04/2021 09:22:57 20 17
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Once the majority in nations are vaccinated and only the youth are left then why would we need these measures on travel?
Or does the vaccine not work as well as we are told?
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06/04/2021 09:38:43 6 0
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Agree, problem is other nations are miles behind us getting vaccinated, and people seem to want foreign travel now, and despite us being vaccinated, there is potential to bring different strains back.
As you say, once all nations are vaccinated, these restrictions should be lifted, if not there is another agenda being pushed!
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06/04/2021 09:34:25 409 167
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People are not entitled to foreign holidays. The health and safety of the general population comes first
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06/04/2021 09:38:54 348 27
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Maybe this government should have closed the airports during the height of the pandemic?
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06/04/2021 09:59:18 3 3
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Or, back in the real world, maybe not.
507
06/04/2021 10:27:36 5 3
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Criminal that was allowed to happen!!!!
543
06/04/2021 10:42:41 3 0
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Maybe? Total incompetence not to have.
579
06/04/2021 10:46:55 2 1
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Indeed - Dom and Priti were right and the civil service (whose mates were all on ski trips to Italy) were wrong.

Simple enough - no entry without a test & quarantine (and not relevant that there was no test or quarantine at the time).

Should have left the ski trippers in Italy to rot
741
06/04/2021 11:17:23 3 0
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Fair point but you don't fix problems by repeating them.
759
06/04/2021 11:22:33 1 3
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Closed airports at height of pandemic? You mean last March around the Easter holidays when there were roughly 1m Brits abroad? What is your suggestion for what should have been done about them? Oh right, you don't have one because the only option was to allow them home.
06/04/2021 12:26:55 0 0
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The trouble is that there were literally millions of Britons abroad at the time
06/04/2021 13:18:49 1 0
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Yep exactly!! And they're still faffing about now too. They need to stop all travel unless absolute emergency or whatever.
06/04/2021 13:23:38 1 0
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Probably they should have closed the borders at the start of March 2020 when Covid was devastating Italy but when the UK had very few known cases. That may well have saved 100,000 British lives
06/04/2021 13:43:24 1 0
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They couldn't close the London ones their hubs.
Airlines would have had a field day in court.
They screwed up by not imposing measures like Taiwan at the airports but then so did every government from 97% of the world
06/04/2021 21:20:45 0 0
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Be nice if this govt was capable of learning from past mistakes. Madrid Liverpool springs to mind
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06/04/2021 09:39:06 0 0
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The £200 test cost is way more than I thought it would be.. especially as we can get them for free.
A test should be around £30.

The thing that’s worrying me is the additional time that’s going to take in the airport.. based on how bad our airports are run, would probably mean you need to allow and additional 90mins.
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06/04/2021 09:43:36 1 0
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Shock horror I mean having to allow another 90 mins to help keep people safe and try and stop us from more lockdowns
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06/04/2021 09:39:22 15 15
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Let people free again
Give people their freedom back now
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06/04/2021 09:50:01 6 4
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Freeeeedumb to go on some Stella Artois and fish 'n chip odyssey in Benidorm - as Covid cases in (unvaccinated) EU soar to the 100s of thousands daily.

* Roll. Eyes. *
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06/04/2021 09:22:50 67 24
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It's unclear to me why tests would cost in excess of £200 when from Friday everyone in England is entitled (and indeed encouraged) to take free home lateral flow device tests. Since June last year I have taken 7 tests (4 PCR, 3 LFD) and not spent a single penny on any of them.
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06/04/2021 09:39:43 7 12
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It's a tax on tourism. My wife and I had to pay £500 for six tests to come home from Tenerife in March. Bonkers as the area we live in here had ten times the rate of the area we left and the more infectious Kent variant.
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bex
06/04/2021 10:41:15 3 0
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And which variant could you have unknowingly brought back into the country? We’re you on an a desert island? Kent variant has already been superseded by other variants!
06/04/2021 13:22:42 3 0
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And what were you doing travelling abroad in March? Hadn't you heard that there's an extremely infectious global pandemic?? Selfish t****r.
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06/04/2021 09:39:49 15 6
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What is wrong here is not that the tests are too expensive (if indeed they are) but that flights are too cheap. It is absurd that one can fly to the Mediterranean for a fraction of the cost of a domestic rail fare. We need global agreement on heavy air fuel and landing taxes, but the US will always block this.
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06/04/2021 09:41:17 4 2
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Uk train are shite and a rip off
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06/04/2021 09:50:24 2 1
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That's only going to be a poor tax. Middle classes will fly anyway.
06/04/2021 14:10:16 0 1
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No "we" don't
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06/04/2021 09:36:05 1 2
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What’s Brexit got to do with Covid you plum?
87
06/04/2021 09:39:58 0 1
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Obviously a lot you pineapple
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06/04/2021 09:37:51 6 7
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I'll be going away to France in August, USA and Sweden in September and possibly Poland some time over the summer as well.

I seriously doubt that by August tests will be £200 a pop. They've backed themselves into a corner with (supposedly the plan of) not offering LF tests in relation to travel, as if it's good enough for schools, people will ask why it isn't good enough for travel.
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06/04/2021 09:40:27 7 5
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Nobody needs to travel as much as you are planning! Every trip outside the UK risks bringing in a new variant and undoing all the good work done so far. So be a good chap and cancel your trips.
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06/04/2021 09:25:10 230 158
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Why are we being vaccinated ?

It was billed as allowing our freedom back, whilst at the same time, taking even more freedoms away.
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Bob
06/04/2021 09:40:36 42 12
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It is your ticket to freedom. But there is an admission cost. Without the vaccine you cannot be safe. Without proof of vaccine you cannot know if you and those you're with are indeed safe.

Until the world has a lid on it, it will be thus.
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06/04/2021 09:33:31 5 7
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Get over it.
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06/04/2021 09:41:05 1 1
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Not even started yet, going to be waiting a long time for your benefits of Brexit!
06/04/2021 16:08:34 0 0
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Like getting the vaccine program up and running before Europe. I’d like to think that’s a benefit already.
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06/04/2021 09:22:50 67 24
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It's unclear to me why tests would cost in excess of £200 when from Friday everyone in England is entitled (and indeed encouraged) to take free home lateral flow device tests. Since June last year I have taken 7 tests (4 PCR, 3 LFD) and not spent a single penny on any of them.
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06/04/2021 09:41:09 10 4
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Crazy profiting! I am a front line clinician, I have been subjected to two-weekly tests for months, I am double vax, I have had 7 days leave days since March last year as all our annual leave had to be cancelled; I have been prohibited to use the test for anything other than NHS research - I am fatigued, I cannot use the test for travel, I cannot use them to be released, I cannot use them for me.
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06/04/2021 10:08:17 0 1
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Thank you for being so honest! :)
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06/04/2021 09:41:17 5 5
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The UK is a dreary place.... rubbish everywhere... antisocial behaviour. looks like one big dump
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06/04/2021 09:51:59 1 0
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Then you won’t be flying here then will you. Tell us where you are and we will give you feedback on what we think of your place.
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06/04/2021 09:39:49 15 6
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What is wrong here is not that the tests are too expensive (if indeed they are) but that flights are too cheap. It is absurd that one can fly to the Mediterranean for a fraction of the cost of a domestic rail fare. We need global agreement on heavy air fuel and landing taxes, but the US will always block this.
93
06/04/2021 09:41:17 4 2
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Uk train are shite and a rip off
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06/04/2021 09:52:06 1 0
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It's a long time since I have been on a train or an Easyjet flight, but I seem to remember they were about equally [what you said].
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06/04/2021 09:41:32 81 12
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So easyJet are saying these tests will cost £200 each! What they need to do is have a word with the suppliers of the tests that employers regularly use to test employees or even the NHS. Absolute garbage its as bad as this morning's news on the BBC about Hot tubs been in short supply. Constant garbage
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06/04/2021 09:51:14 18 19
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£200 is also what the NHS pay for them.
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06/04/2021 09:51:44 9 7
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Mary, what else do you expect from the BBC?

The internet equivalent on that gutter red rag top The Sun.
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06/04/2021 11:17:16 2 0
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Do a search £125 for a test, one to go out, one to come back, then 2 further tests, if you want to get out of quarantine after 5 days, thats another test, so in total it is 5 tests costing around £600, now do the math for a family of 4
859
06/04/2021 11:39:19 3 0
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We just returned from out of the country and had to pay £200 each for tests. Having gone through the process is a shambles, can describe it as an expensive shambles.
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06/04/2021 11:47:00 3 1
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I notice EJ did not say how much of the £400 goes to them.
07/04/2021 08:24:58 0 0
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The press, particularly the BBC, cannot see the difference between editorial and advertorial. Hot tubs item good example of them giving free ads to suppliers, ditto airlines. If someone only read these press releases instead of just pasting them into a web site or script, we might get valid news coverage, but I fear those days are well gone.
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06/04/2021 09:24:24 20 21
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Vaccines - free ( but only if you are old).

PCR tests - very expensive.

Family holidays are starting to look cost prohibitive for the vast majority.
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06/04/2021 09:28:13 13 6
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There are plenty of family holiday options that don’t involve overseas travel.
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06/04/2021 09:22:57 20 17
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Once the majority in nations are vaccinated and only the youth are left then why would we need these measures on travel?
Or does the vaccine not work as well as we are told?
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06/04/2021 09:28:39 10 2
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The vaccine works as we are told against the current strains. The more virus in circulation, even with people being largely immune from symptoms, the more opportunity there is for mutation that will nullify the effectiveness of the vaccines. Open things up too early, allow the virus back in via travel corridors, and you're massively increasing the chance of a new strain undoing all the progress.
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06/04/2021 09:27:43 4 10
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Johan Lundgren said: "You wouldn't open up international travel for everyone, but only those who can afford it."

Is he saying that normally Easyjet flights are essentially free? Because I'm pretty sure they aren't.
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06/04/2021 09:30:00 1 0
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Didn’t make sense to me either. Anything you sell is only available to those that can afford it. People who can’t afford it will do something different. And if that doesn’t work for the company, they have to lower the price.
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06/04/2021 09:41:43 430 88
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We're in the situation now where the UK is one of the safest countries in Europe, and to maintain that status we need to ensure that COVID is not brought back in from foreign travel.
If the cost of that is additional testing - so be it
If you can afford a foreign trip make sure you add a few extra quid for the tests - otherwise , don't go
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06/04/2021 09:46:13 157 9
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Fair comment. Tests at cost price absolutely not a problem.
So you are saying that if you can afford 400 for 2 tests then you should be able to travel abroad for a holiday but if you are poorer and cannot afford this you should stay in rip off UK?

rememer these are trips to green listed nations with very low numbers of cases and no known varirents

Also we will have been fully vaccinated by then

There will always be a new varient out there somewhere.....
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06/04/2021 10:27:40 17 12
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Just imagine how safe we would have been had the UK shut its borders to foreign travel except for British citizens returning home the moment we had the first case in York. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
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06/04/2021 11:14:35 16 15
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£1700 for a family of 4, you think that is a fair price, either the vaccines work or they do not
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06/04/2021 11:16:38 10 34
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Nah I will be going and I won't be getting tested, and there is NOTHING you or your fellow lockdown cowards can do about it.
06/04/2021 12:09:43 5 14
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Clearly you can afford the few extra bobs, therfore you have no compassion nor care for those that are earning a mimum wage and save long and hard for a trip to visit family and combine it with a holiday. The extra tests will make the trip night to prihibitive. What a discriminator (ignorant at that) you are!
06/04/2021 12:31:15 3 2
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What do you mean not brought back in? We still have a few thousand cases a day and we’re in lockdown...

Where is it coming from?
06/04/2021 12:31:46 0 1
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Are you saying the vaccines are useless?
06/04/2021 13:15:03 6 0
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Exactly. I had to travel last autumn, needed a PCR test 72hrs before arrival, so had no choice other than pay nearly £300 for a test and fit-to-fly certificate guaranteed within 24 hrs. Could have got one in 3-5 days for £60. Hence why it's only "essential" travel currently and easyjet are bleating
06/04/2021 13:17:03 5 0
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I'd have no problem paying to test but at £200 a pop per person? No way!
06/04/2021 14:51:22 0 0
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Plus apparently 8,000 tourists a day entering UK.
UK still not closed borders
SJ
06/04/2021 14:55:24 0 0
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One of the worst death rates in Europe...
06/04/2021 16:41:46 0 1
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Obviously I am missing something..Why have I now been vaccinated ? What exactly was the point if people like you live in constant fear.,.please don’t go with “Mutant Strains” bollocks.
07/04/2021 07:54:28 0 0
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That's fine however a test at £100+ when they cost £25 in other parts of the world shows this is not about Public Heath but profiteering
07/04/2021 08:07:52 0 0
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Agree, but I don't think I can survive another year locked down outside the UK, vaccinated, unable to see my family in UK. As we travel in our car, seeing nobody else on the way, and continue to isolate on arrival either side, we are hardly irresponsible holidaymakers, but are treated as if we were irresponsible teenagers flying off to Teneriffe.
wlt
07/04/2021 16:15:51 0 0
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Safest !!!? Really that’s why we the highest death toll in Europe - very safe - a country that’s never had a lockdown - we are not safe here we are in a modern day Leper colony and project fear has got to you sadly
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06/04/2021 09:36:12 10 12
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To all those who have been screaming over the last 12 months about closing borders and "You'd have to be an imbecile to travel during a pandemic."

I simply ask, when exactly do you expect people to go on holiday? 1 month from now, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years?

Saying everyone should holiday in the UK and wait another year isn't good enough.
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06/04/2021 09:41:44 1 3
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Why? Foreign holidays currently RISK THE LIVES OF REAL PEOPLE. Don't be selfish, stay in the UK
06/04/2021 14:11:27 0 0
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The vulnerable have been vaccinated
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06/04/2021 09:34:06 4 4
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We weren't in a global pandemic, though, were we?
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RJS
06/04/2021 09:41:51 2 0
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Next thing it will be off to the Gulag for not complying with some dictat from this supposed governmetn.