10-day Covid quarantine for travellers to UK from high-risk countries

London - There were 'no easy answers' after the Covid death toll in the United Kingdom surpassed 100,000.

By Reuters

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Published: Wed 27 Jan 2021, 4:28 PM

Last updated: Wed 27 Jan 2021, 5:49 PM

Travellers arriving in Britain from high-risk Covid-19 countries will have to quarantine for 10 days in government-provided accommodation to stop new variants of the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

"We will require all such arrivals who cannot be refused entry to isolate in government provided accommodation, such as hotels, for 10 days without exception," Johnson told lawmakers.

"They will be met at the airport and transported directly into quarantine."

Earlier, the PM said the government would set out new tougher border measures later on Wednesday, adding there were no easy answers after the Covid-19 death toll in the United Kingdom surpassed 100,000.

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"The Home Secretary will be setting out later today ... even tougher measures for those red list countries where we are particularly concerned about new variants," Johnson told parliament.

Asked why the British toll was the highest in Europe, he said: "There are no easy answers, perpetual lockdown is no answer."

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