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Local authorities most affected by the Indian variant insisted that no other COVID-19 travel restrictions apply to their regions after meeting with government officials.

The eight councils involved said people were still allowed in and out of areas listed on the government website, which were interpreted as stricter measures.

There has been confusion after the website changed its guidelines in recent days for people living in areas worst affected by Indians. COVID variant, with health chiefs saying they were not consulted or informed of the move.

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The affected local authority areas are: Bedford Council, Blackburn Council with Darwen Council, Bolton Metropolitan Council, Burnley Council, Kirklees Council, Leicester Council, Hounslow Council and North Tyneside Council.

The public health directors of the eight councils have now issued a statement saying: “Following national coverage of the recently revised guidance, we have met with national officials and confirmed that there are no restrictions on travel in the country. or outside each of our zones: there are no local locks. “

In areas where the Indian variant is spreading, they said they were “working together to boost testing and vaccination and to support self-isolation.”

“There are reasonable public health precautions that people can take as individuals, in line with the types of advice we have all followed throughout the pandemic,” they added.

Their statement came shortly after Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Commons in those regions that they should avoid traveling into or out of those regions, except when necessary, for work or education.

His advice was in sync with the government’s coronavirus changes …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-25 15:18:00