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Airlines are suing the U.K. to lift self-isolation rules for travelers

A group of airlines within the uk is challenging British government to lift what they assert are onerous travel restrictions which will destroy jobs and devastate the tourism industry.

British Airways, Ryanair and EasyJet are suing to force judges to review a replacement rule from British headquarters that needs all incoming travelers to self-isolate for 14 days.

Instituted for the primary time on Monday, the house Office says the new policy was designed to stop a resurgent outbreak of the coronavirus from outside the country. The spread of the virus has slowed within the U.K., and officialdom say public health measures have proved successful in dropping what’s referred to as the reproduction number — the typical number of latest people infected by a diseased person — below one. But like other nations that have suffered serious outbreaks, the goal of health officials has shifted to stop a deadly second wave.

“As the amount of infections within the U.K. drops, we must now manage the danger of transmissions being reintroduced from elsewhere,” said John Aston, the house Office chief scientific adviser, during a statement announcing the new travel measures for arriving passengers.

The alliance of airlines argues that the rule unfairly punishes travelers from countries that have low infection rates. By mandating self-quarantining, they claim travelers are going to be discouraged from coming to the U.K., whilst the country has eased lockdown measures and begins to reopen segments of the economy for the summer.

A previous self-isolation rule was in effect within the U.K but only applied to a subset or travelers from countries with a high risk of infection. The new policy applies to all or any countries with few exceptions.

The British government has said it’ll still review travel restrictions as new scientific evidence emerges. The U.K. also will consider special agreements between countries that have low infection rates, removing the necessity for self-quarantines.

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