The German Chancellor wants better coordination to to fight the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant that is quickly spreading throughout the UK and is now making its way through the bloc. Ahead of Thursday’s summit with fellow EU leaders, she told the Bundestag lower house of parliament “In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in every European country, and that’s what I would like to see.”
The warning comes from Mrs Merkel comes after she was critical of Portugal – a country that is allowing British tourists entry without the need to quarantine.
France, led by President Emmanuel Macron, is also allowing those with two vaccine doses in the UK to enter the country without going into isolation.
On Wednesday, the UK recorded 16,135 new Covid cases – the highest reported daily toll since February 6 – as the mutant Delta+ variant hits the country.
This was a huge jump from the 10,633 new infections announced on Tuesday.
There were also been 19 new deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test – almost quadrupling from the five recorded the previous day – bringing the UK total to 128,027.
In addition, figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed there have been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.
Earlier today, Downing Street said the Government and Public Health England (PHE) are monitoring the Delta+ variant.
Boris Johnson’s spokesman said 41 cases of the strain have so far been identified in the UK.
He added PHE had already put additional measures in place where the variant had been detected.
This includes “enhanced contact tracing, testing, and isolation”.
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