Coronavirus quarantine 'strangling UK economy'

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(Source: BBC News)

Heathrow Airport's boss has warned quarantine restrictions are "strangling the UK economy", and renewed calls for Covid-19 testing at airports. Thousands of jobs are being lost because Britain is being cut off from key markets, said chief executive John Holland-Kaye.

The warning came as Heathrow reported passenger traffic in July plunged 88%. The government has said previously that coronavirus testing at airports is not a "silver bullet".

Heathrow said that more than half of its 860,000 passengers in July had travelled to quarantine-free European destinations. However, it said that the "vast majority" of its route network remains grounded due to quarantine rules.

The government recently re-imposed quarantine restrictions on arrivals from Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Bahamas, and Andorra. And there have been reports there could be restrictions imposed on travel to France.

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