All of Britain put on Denmark red list – apart from Wales
Denmark knocked Wales out of the Euros, but may have now partly made amends – by leaving only Wales off a new ‘red list’ of British countries.
This is the first time an EU country has differentiated between the UK’s four nations when specifying entry requirements.
It means that Denmarks’s Foreign Ministry advises against travel to all parts of Britain – apart from Wales. The foreign travel advice by the Danish authorities classes people from Wales as an ‘orange risk’ while those those entering from other pats of the UK have been placed in the higher ‘red category’.
It means that people from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are advised against visiting, must complete a PCR test 72 hours before arrival and self-isolate for 10 days.
But those entering from Wales who have received both vaccine doses will be allowed entry as long as they have a ‘special worthy purpose’.
The advice which is published on the Gov.UK website states: “Fully vaccinated Welsh residents can enter Denmark for all purposes, without the need to self-isolate.
“Two weeks must have passed since your second dose and the vaccine must be one approved by the European Medicines Agency.”
An estimated one in 95 people in England had covid-19 in the week up to 10 July, up from one in 160 the previous week.
The equivalent estimate for Wales was one in 360 people.
The Danish decision also follows data showing that, up to July 14th, shows that Wales was ahead of the other UK nations when it comes to vaccinations with 59.5 percent of the population having received both jabs.
This compares to the other UK nations where this rate was:
- England 52.5
- Scotland 52.4
- Northern Ireland 50.5
The move to place most of Britain on the ‘red list’ also comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to lift practically all Covid restrictions in England on Monday, including the mandatory wearing of face masks.
Experts have warned that lifting the restrictions in England will be a threat to the health of the whole world.
“We believe the government is conducting a dangerous and unethical experiment, and we urge it to stop plans to lift the restrictions,” the 1,200 researchers wrote in a joint letter published in the scientific journal The Lancet.
Dr Gill Richardson, Wales’ Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Vaccines, recently praised the efforts of healthworkers and the public to achieve such a high vaccination rate.
She said: “All of this has been achieved through the fantastic efforts of our vaccination programme, healthcare staff and the public.”
The Welsh Government is planning to remove most Covid-19 restrictions on August 7th but says it will be assessing the situation before making any final decisions.