UK government to compensate people for cancelled travel plans due to new Covid-19 rules

UK government to compensate people for cancelled travel plans due to new Covid-19 rules

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock said that the UK government is looking into compensating people whose travel plans were scrapped due to the new coronavirus restrictions, news wires reported.

Speaking to Times Radio, Hancock said the Treasury and the Department for Transport were looking at the options after last minute changes to the rules.

The news comes after several European countries, including the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Italy announced bans on flights from the UK due to fears over a new variant of the coronavirus, which could be 70% more infectious.

The Dutch government has confirmed at least one case of the same strain that has prompted parts of Britain to return to lockdown rules.

Italy's health ministry said that a patient and their partner who returned from Britain by plane a few days ago were found to have the variant. They arrived in Rome's international airport and are both in isolation, the ministry said.

Virologist Christian Drosten, who has become a household name in Germany for his role as a government Covid-19 adviser, said the strain had yet to be seen in Germany.

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