March 7, 2021

Govt-19: Mandatory hotel isolation for UK nationals returning from ‘red list’ countries | political news

Boris Johnson told MPs that UK nationals and residents returning from “red list” countries would be isolated for 10 days in government-provided accommodation – such as hotels.

The Prime Minister said the new changes are aimed at preventing new mutants Govt Strains from reaching the UK.

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Mr Johnson reiterated that under the UK’s national lockout, it was now “illegal to leave home to go abroad for leisure”.

He said the government was “asking people why they are implementing this at ports and airports and advising them to return home if they do not have a valid reason to travel.”

Also, Mr Johnson told MPs announcing the new hotel isolation requirements: “We have banned all travel from 22 countries at risk of known variations, including South Africa, Portugal and South America.

“Furthermore, I can declare that all such visitors who cannot deny entry to government-provided accommodation, such as hotels, will need 10 days, without exception, in order to reduce the risk posed by UK nationals and residents returning home from these countries.

“They will meet at the airport and be taken directly for isolation.”

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Mr Johnson said the Department of Health and Social Security was working to establish isolated facilities “soon”.

The Prime Minister has said that there are 22 countries that have imposed travel bans on Britain, but the government list states that travel to the UK has been banned from 30 countries.

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It was not immediately clear which new hotel in those 30 countries would apply the isolation rules.

Home Secretary Priti Patel took new steps for public action and later told MPs that “a lot of people are coming in and out of our country every day”.

The further action is aimed at reducing the flow of passengers so that only a small number of people who absolutely need to travel do so, thus reducing the risk to our world-leading vaccination program, he said.

MS also carried the message that “going on vacation is not the right reason” to ignore the fact that you are currently staying at home.

“We will introduce a new requirement so that people who want to travel must first announce why they are traveling,” he told MPs.

“This reason for travel will be checked by carriers prior to departure, and this approach will effectively reflect existing arrival checks with the passenger locator form.”

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It is understood that travelers from “red list” countries will have to pay a fee to be isolated in a supervised hotel Corona virus The test was carried out during their stay.

The move has been widely anticipated in recent weeks, with critics arguing that the government should take drastic action soon.

They point to the examples of Australia and New Zealand, where they had mandatory isolations from the early weeks of the epidemic and often eliminated the spread of the virus within their borders.

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There have been reports in recent days of competing views within the government on how widespread compulsory isolation should be.

Some ministers argue that compulsory isolation should apply to all countries, while others argue that it targets certain countries where the risk is considered high.

According to Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labor’s shadow interior secretary, hotel isolation plans are far from over.

“Mutations in the risk of the virus undermine the effectiveness of the vaccine and threaten life and hope,” he told lawmakers.

“We don’t know where these mutations will emerge from next, and the truth is, the government is back on the curve.

“Labor is calling for a comprehensive hotel isolation. Today’s announcement is too short, leaving huge gaps in our defenses against emerging strains.

“We know the strains that have emerged in South Africa and Brazil have already reached this shore. It’s not really surprising when the restrictions are so relaxed.”

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Ian Blackford, SNP’s Westminster chairman, told Mr Johnson that “both the Scottish and Welsh governments want to make further progress on the isolated measures than his UK government proposes.”

He called on the Prime Minister to “suspend his half operations” and introduce “strict enforcement of international travel”.

A Welsh government spokesman said: “We recognize the need for a joint approach between the four countries of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland to strengthen border health measures to prevent the further spread of the corona virus.

“However, we do not believe that the UK Government’s approach will be adequate. Further discussions on the details of the plans will take place soon.”

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