A British Border Force officer has begged for testing of airport arrivals over fears of incoming Chinese coronavirus cases, as criticism mounts that while Britons are in house lockdown the country's external borders remain open. Speaking anonymously for fear of losing his job, the Heathrow border patrol officer told ITV on Wednesday: "We've got to start testing people at the airport as soon as they land. And we can easily catch the plane and just do temperature checks. We can easily do it. Just give us the equipment, and we'll do it. "Our job is to protect the border, and we're not doing that." He added that he and his colleagues had been concerned about incoming flights from China as early as December 2019, when news of the virus began to make headlines in Western media. "We weren't comfortable with flights coming in from China," he said, but claimed that their concerns "were just brushed off". The Border Force officer also expressed concern at the lack of testing and personal protection equipment (PPE) for frontline Home Office staff at the airport. Sadly, two of his colleagues have died of the Chinese virus, and he described "a lot" as self-isolating with… Read full this story
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