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Heathrow queues branded ‘petri dish for Covid mutations’ as thousands head on holiday

Travellers passing through Heathrow Airport revealed large queues and crowding have stoked concerns of “Covid mutations.” One traveller arriving from…

By admin , in London , at May 18, 2021 Tags: ,

Travellers passing through Heathrow Airport revealed large queues and crowding have stoked concerns of “Covid mutations.”

One traveller arriving from a work trip described the scene as “a petri dish for mutations.”

Arriving from Vienna, Richard Bradley said: “Just landed in Heathrow from a work trip in Vienna and listening to the always excellent @NickFerrariLBC on @LBC but with the way we are being made to queue l can’t help but feel we are in a bit of a Petri dish for mutations, surely they can make this more efficient….”

Another traveller arriving from America after not seeing family since August, he said, shared on Twitter that he was told by Heathrow staff to join a one hour queue as well as sitting with a family who just arrived from a Red List country.

Steve Myall wrote: “Have arrived in Heathrow. Been told to join the 1hr+ queue and also that the fast tracking of families with young children is on hold.

“Asked to go and sit somewhere while one parent queues up we’ve been directed to sit with a family who have just arrived from a Red List country.”

Steve also stated that only ten out of 35 Border Force desks were staffed when he arrived in Heathrow just before 7:00am on Monday, May 17.

A spokesperson from Heathrow responded to Steve writing: “Hi Steve, we are sorry to hear this. Border Force is currently experiencing some delays as they conduct Health Measure Checks to ensure passenger compliance with the UK Government’s latest entry requirements.

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