COVID-19: UK allocates £75 million to rescue stranded citizens

by Muizat Hameed

United Kingdom’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has announced plan to bring Britons who are stranded abroad back into the country.

Disclosing this at the daily Downing Street briefing on the coronavirus, Mr. Dominic stated that the country would be committing about £75 million to the mission.

Mr. Dominic said, “We have not faced challenges like this in getting people home from abroad on this scale in recent memory.”

“Our priority would be given to the most vulnerable, including the elderly or those with pressing medical needs,” he added.

He stated that a memorandum of understanding had been signed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Trade with a group of airlines like Jet2, EasyJet, Virgin and Titan Airways.

He stressed that the MOU was aimed at helping travelers return to where they have tickets and where there are available commercial routes.

He noted, however, that in the absence of commercial option, the FCO had planned to use the travel management company CTM to organize charter flights to achieve their feat.

About 150,000 British nationals have been helped back from Spain, while 8500 were brought from Morocco and 5000 from Cyprus.

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