UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the country will close all travel corridors from Monday in a bid to launch new corona virus strains. The UK will temporarily close all travel corridors from 4am on Monday, the Prime Minister said during a virtual press conference on Downing Street on Friday.
The new measure requires travelers entering the country to have proof of a negative Govt-19 test within the previous 72 hours, Xinhua news agency reported.
Anyone who comes to the UK should be isolated for 10 days or have the option of having additional testing on the fifth day to reduce isolation, Johnson said.
“What we don’t want to see is the hard work that is being done by the advent of a new variant of vaccine breakage,” he said.
The prime minister made the remarks after the UK on Thursday banned people from coming from South America, Portugal and some other countries for fear of the virus being detected in Brazil.
The new rules will be in effect until at least February 15, he said.
Meanwhile, Johnson said 3.2 million people have been vaccinated against Govt-19 so far.
He said the pressure on the National Health Service (NHS) was “extraordinary” and now it was “dangerous” to show complacency.
“This is not the time to relax our national resolution a bit,” Johnson said, urging the public to stay home.
The UK is currently under a third national lockout since the outbreak of the disease in the country.
Similar regulatory measures are in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A further 55,761 people tested positive for Govit-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 3,325,642, according to official figures.
A further 1,280 died within 28 days of the positive test, bringing the overall death toll to 87,448.
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