Passengers from 30 “high risk” countries entering Britain will have to quarantine themselves in hotels. It was reported on Wednesday, January 27, by the newspaper The Times, citing senior sources.
According to the newspaper, the official announcement of this step will be made within a day. Thus the government intends to reduce the risk of new and potentially more dangerous mutations of coronavirus entering the country.
The “high risk” category includes Brazil and several other South American countries, South Africa and its bordering countries, Portugal, and the island nation of Cape Verde. If new strains of the virus spread to other parts of the world, the list will expand.
At the moment, communication between many of these states and the UK is restricted, and those who have visited them in the last ten days are not allowed to enter the kingdom. The latter restriction does not apply to British citizens, residence permit holders or long-term visa holders. Now for all who enter the territory of the United Kingdom a rule of self-isolation for ten days after arrival or five days in the case of retesting for coronavirus.
The list of hotels where those arriving from abroad can stay will be approved by the authorities.
The new measure has been discussed by the Cabinet of Ministers for the past few days, in particular, how many countries will be on the list. As the newspaper notes, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kingdom Priti Patel and the head of the Ministry of Health Matt Hancock insisted on the most stringent restrictions and the introduction of strict quarantine for all who enter the UK. However, in the end, Prime Minister Boris Johnson opted for a milder version of the proposed restrictions.
On January 24, it became known that U.S. President Joe Biden intends to restrict entry into the country for foreign nationals who have recently been in South Africa to curb the spread of a new strain of coronavirus. These measures will take effect on Saturday, January 30. In addition, the U.S. leader canceled as of Jan. 25 an entry permit issued by his predecessor, Donald Trump, for almost all non-U.S. travelers who had visited Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other countries in Europe the day before.