UK Introduces Quarantine Hotels For Travellers From High Risk Countries

UK Introduces Quarantine Hotels For Travellers From High Risk Countries

"I want to make clear that under the stay-at-home regulations it is illegal to leave home to travel overseas for leisure purposes and we will enforce this at ports and airports by asking people why they are leaving and instructing them to return home if they do not have a valid reason to travel", he said.

But because the travel ban and hotel quarantine policies also apply to anyone who has transited through the list of banned countries in the last 10 days, it also applies to passengers with connecting flights or those who have arrived via a third country.

Britain has banned travellers from 22 high-risk nations, where new coronavirus variants have emerged, such as South Africa and some in South America, or may be present, like Portugal.

Setting out more details of the measures, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "Despite the stay-at-home regulations we are still seeing people not complying with these rules".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Commons that passengers returning from those countries will be "met at the airport and transported directly into quarantine".

Firms will face being fined if they fail to do this. "Going on holiday is not a valid reason", Ms Patel said.

"This will be for those arriving from countries where we have imposed global travel bans and who can not be refused entry".

The government said all measures will be kept under review and further action will be taken to protect the public if needed.

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The announcement came the same week the United Kingdom reached the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths - the first country in Europe to do so. "I and the government take full responsibility for all the actions we have taken to fight this pandemic".

Asked repeatedly by the leader of the Labour opposition, Keir Starmer, why Britain had fared so badly, he said there would be a time to learn lessons but "I don't think that moment is now" when 37,000 people were in hospital with the virus. And it underscored how dire the situation is in Britain, with more than 37,000 people in hospitals with Covid-19, almost twice the number of patients as during the first peak of the pandemic last spring.

Calum Semple, who sits at the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, told the BBC that he would not surprised to see more deaths before the pandemic is brought under control.

The vaccines that we are providing are still effective against the new variant that has been identified in London and in the southeast of the country.

The only European country on the list of 30 published by the UK Government on Wednesday is Portugal.

"The deaths on the way up are likely to be mirrored by the number of deaths on the way down in this wave".

As of Thursday morning, the country's coronavirus caseload and death toll stood at 3,725,637 and 102,085, respectively.

Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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