Friday, 05 June, 2020

UK to introduce quarantine for international arrivals from 8 June

The United Kingdom has recorded the highest number of deaths in Europe from coronavirus The United Kingdom has recorded the highest number of deaths in Europe from coronavirus
Deanna Wagner | 24 May, 2020, 00:30

Speaking at the Downing Street daily briefing on Friday, Priti Patel also said the government's guidance continued to be that all but essential travel overseas was advised against.

She said the Government would look at "all options" including air bridges negotiated with nations with low coronavirus transmission rates. It has taken his government another 12 days to confirm details of the requirements, which Airlines UK complained on May 11 rendered the industry unable to compete and "effectively grounded for the foreseeable future".

"And as we are taking this action, we are taking it at a time when it will be the most effective".

The new measure, previously announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will be reviewed every three weeks once it is introduced.

The government is expected to announce that all global arrivals, including returning Britons, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying to the authorities.

Refusal to hand over personal details once fined could lead to arrest and foreign visitors who refuse to fill in the forms could be denied entry to the UK.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that those who breached the quarantine would be fined 1,000 pounds with health and border officials carrying out spot checks.

Spain and Italy have introduced rules that mean global arrivals must self-isolate for two weeks, while on Friday Ireland gave further details for its own quarantine proposals.

The government argues that it simply wouldn't have made enough of a difference while the virus was spreading widely within the UK.

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They should not go out to buy food or other essentials where they can rely on others.

"To do so otherwise is potentially putting people's lives at risk".

Later, those returning from Italy were told to self-isolate.

There are also questions about how this will work in practice and what it will mean for the travel industry, which is already suffering huge losses.

There will be limited exemptions and a full list will be published on gov.uk.

However, some key workers such as medical professionals helping to treat the virus, seasonal agricultural workers staying on the farms where they are working and haulage drivers will be exempt from the scheme.

"However, given the high levels of compliance we have seen to date, we expect that the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures".

The opposition Labour Party supported the measures but said the government's handling of United Kingdom arrivals had "lacked urgency, coherence and clarity from the outset".

The new move came as another 351 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Thursday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 36,393, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.