BERLIN - Thomas Cook said there were around 140,000 people currently travelling with its German subsidiaries, with a further 21,000 booked to depart on Monday and Tuesday.

A German government official said at the weekend that compulsory insurance should cover the repatriation needs of most German travellers, should they be stranded by the venerable tour operator's collapse.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt, editing by Riham Alkousaa) ((; +49 (0)30 28885211; Reuters Messaging:; Twitter: @tomescritt))