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UK Covid live news: country in ‘perilous moment’, says former chief scientific adviser

Boris Johnson will need to use data to make a decision well before planned restriction easing on 21 June, says Professor Sir Mark Walport

Heathrow has begun processing arrivals from red list countries in a dedicated terminal following concerns about them mixing with other passengers.

Travellers arriving from red list nations on direct flights are being taken to Terminal 3.

Given how much heat the government is taking about the delays in adding India to the red list, you might wonder why the four red list candidates haven’t already been added.

But ministers are also under heavy pressure to open up travel, not only from beleaguered airlines and other travel companies, but also from parts of the media chafing against what many see as unjustified state restrictions on liberty.

Robert Dingwall, professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University, said that it was important to press ahead with the June 21 easing from a societal point of view.

He told Times Radio:

I personally, I don’t see any case for delay… from a societal point of view, I think it’s really important that we go ahead on June 21, and I’ve not really seen anything in the data that would lead me to doubt that as a proposition on the evidence to date.

I think we need to recognise the way in which levels of fear and anxiety in the population have been amplified over the last 15 months or so.

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