LONDON – The UK does not intend to impose a ban on the entry of EU citizens on the model of the United States, because scientists do not consider this an effective measure to combat the coronavirus, an official representative of the British Prime Minister’s office told reporters on Thursday.
US President Donald Trump announced that the US would ban entry from Europe for 30 days from March 13, except for the UK, as the European Union did not respond enough to the spreading coronavirus. The decision does not apply to persons who have the status of permanent legal residence in the United States, the next of kin of US citizens, and certain other persons.
“According to the recommendation we have, this is not a measure that we are recommended to take,” said a representative of the Prime Minister’s office.
Earlier in an interview, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that the ban on entry to EU citizens is not justified by scientific data and can have very negative consequences for the economy, including the British one, although the United Kingdom was not included in the “black” list of Trump.
“This decision will have an impact on demand, as people can ‘t spend money as they are used to, and travel, ” he explained.
On Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, following another emergency meeting on coronavirus, is expected to announce the transition to a new stage in the fight against coronavirus – a stage when efforts will be aimed at delaying the peak of the epidemic for the summer. The Prime Minister will call on everyone who can work from home to do so, as well as minimize social life and take measures to protect people from the “risk group”: the elderly, suffering from chronic diseases and weakened immunity. Most likely, schools will not be closed yet: Sunak previously said that scientists do not recommend such a measure yet.