BBC QT: Angry audience rages at Nadhim Zahawi over India variant – ‘No direction!'

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BBC QT: Angry audience rages at Nadhim Zahawi over India variant - ‘No direction!'
Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment, who was accused of failing to close the border to travellers from India. Speaking on the show, Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said one of the biggest threats to the UK vaccine rollout and getting back our everyday freedoms is variants entering from overseas.
During a short debate, Mr Zahawi said India had been placed on the red list on April 23 – days before virologists said the variant was under investigation or classed as ‘of concern’.

However, it was pointed out that an Indian variant was discovered weeks before that date.

One angry audience member lashed out at Nadhim Zahawi’s, questioning whether the Government had failed by not closing the borders to India when they had the chance.

The audience member said: “On April 9, cases in India were at 90,000 a day. It was reported all over the media and, quite frankly, [you] didn’t have to be a minister or a virologist to actually work out there’s a problem here.

“I feel like I’m in Groundhog Day. Why do we have Brazilian, South African, Indian variants in our country?

“Our Government’s like a hesitant driver at a roundabout. You don’t know if you’re coming or going or which way you’re going to go round next.

“But one thing is clear. How many lives is it going to cost? You’re doing testing all over the country, there’s cases in 117 areas of the country.

“You seem to be shooting from the hip and have absolutely no direction. I don’t trust you.”

READ MORE: Zahawi on the spot as he fails to rule out June 21 reopening delays

The questions follow confusion about what an amber traffic light means for travellers under the Government’s new system.

Under current rules, entry to the UK from red list countries is only allowed for UK nationals – or those who have residence and must quarantine in a hotel.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed


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