Covid variants, traffic light system & holidays abroad
In this week’s ‘Deep Dive’ episode, host Chris Wright and guests discuss a sharp rise in cases of the so-called ‘Indian variant’ of coronavirus, as well as mounting confusion around the government’s travel guidance.
In this episode, Chris is joined by Natalie Grover, The Guardian science correspondent and freelance reporter; Helen Coffey, deputy travel editor at The Independent; and Hugh Morris, travel news editor at The Telegraph.
The conversation begins by delving into the latest information on the covid variant which was first detected in India, to help us understand how it differs, and whether the vaccine can broadly protect us from this strain of the virus.
The discussion then moves to mixed messages surrounding the travel traffic light system, to explore whether the lack of countries currently available to visit on the ‘green list’ will spur Brits to book more ‘staycations’ this year, despite travel firms slashing their prices.
Guests also question the impact of Portugal reopening its doors will have on tourists, and speculate whether all legal limits on social contact will be lifted by June 21st, as previously set out by Boris Johnson.
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