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Covid-19: UK to announce hotel quarantine for Britons returning from high-risk countries

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets staff and patients at Barnet FC's ground, The Hive, which is being used as a coronavirus vaccination centre, in north London. — Reuters
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets staff and patients at Barnet FC's ground, The Hive, which is being used as a coronavirus vaccination centre, in north London. — Reuters

London - The death toll in Britain from the coronavirus pandemic passed 100,000 people on Tuesday.



By AFP

Published: Wed 27 Jan 2021, 8:39 AM

The British government will announce plans for limited hotel quarantine for Britons returning from 30 high-risk countries covered by a travel ban, the Times reported on Wednesday.

These countries include South America, Portugal, Cape Verde and South Africa, the report added.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected calls by interior minister Priti Patel for a temporary closure of borders, the newspaper reported, adding that Patel had pushed for a travel ban to stop potentially vaccine-resistant strains of coronavirus being imported into the country.

Johnson has said he was looking at the option of introducing quarantine hotels for those coming to Britain to prevent the risk of “vaccine-busting” new coronavirus variants entering the country.

The bosses of airlines including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet criticised on Tuesday a possible plan for mandatory quarantine in hotels for some or all arrivals to Britain and called for a support package.

Britain has suffered a sharp rise in infections and deaths in the new year, fuelled partly by a new more highly contagious variant of the virus first identified in southeast England.

The death toll in Britain from the coronavirus pandemic passed 100,000 people on Tuesday.


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