Labour renews call for all ‘amber’ countries to be moved to ‘red list’

Labour has renewed its call for harder border controls.

The opposition is urging the federal government to scrap the “amber list” and transfer the countries at present on the medium-risk register to the “red list” – requiring arrivals from France, Italy, the US at round 150 countries to go into lodge quarantine.

It will use an pressing query within the House of Commons to demand the federal government scraps the amber record, introduces an “international vaccine passport” and publishes the accessible information on the decision-making behind the “traffic light” system.

The shadow transport secretary, Jim McMahon, stated the amber record is “causing too many people travelling to countries not deemed safe”. These embrace France, Italy and Greece.

He stated: “Ministers have presided over shambolic management of our borders and have chosen to turn their backs on the sector and the thousands of livelihoods that depend on it when support was most needed.

“Securing our borders against new variants is the number one thing ministers can do to protect the reopening.

“Labour wants to see travel reopen and backs an international vaccine passport and a limited and safe ‘green list’. But ministers must learn the lessons of the Delta variant.”

When saying the most recent set of strikes, which incorporates Malta becoming a member of the quarantine-free inexperienced record, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, stated: “It’s right that we continue with this cautious approach, to protect public health and the vaccine rollout as our top priority, while ensuring that our route out of the international travel restrictions is sustainable.”

Mr Shapps additionally rejected criticism of the way in which that the federal government categorises countries. “There’s no circumstance in which there is not a scientific basis,” he advised the BBC Today programme on Friday 25 June.

A number one analyst, Robert Boyle, calculated that 22 amber record countries, together with France and Italy, seem to meet the federal government’s standards for quarantine-free standing.