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World UK to introduce mandatory 14-day COVID-19 quarantine for all international travellers

00:51  23 may  2020
00:51  23 may  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP)— Travellers arriving in Britain from abroad will face 14 days in quarantine , a senior minister confirmed on Friday, saying the government would give details later. The self-isolation rules will apply to international arrivals to the UK and include Britons returning to the

Britain is to introduce a quarantine period of 14 days for those arriving in the UK , Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis confirmed Friday and "People who are coming to the UK will have to do quarantine ," Lewis told Sky news, saying the new rules would cover British citizens and those from

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The move, which does not come into force until June 8, has angered airlines who fear it will devastate the already frail industry.

Under the rules, announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel, all international arrivals — including British citizens — will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying to the authorities.

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Britain is to introduce a quarantine period of 14 days for those arriving in the UK , Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis confirmed Friday and said ministers would give details later. "People who are coming to the UK will have to do quarantine ," Lewis told Sky news, saying the new rules would cover

UK quarantine plan: what will it mean for travellers ? Read more. The home secretary, Priti Patel, announces that mandatory self-isolation would not apply to people coming from Ireland, medics tackling Covid - 19 and seasonal All people arriving in UK from 8 June must quarantine for 14 days .

"Now we are past the peak of this virus, we must take steps to guard against imported cases triggering a resurgence of this deadly disease," Ms Patel said during the Downing Street daily press conference.

"We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.

"Arrivals will be required to travel directly from their port or airport of arrival, preferably by car, to an address where they must then self-isolate for a fortnight."

She said those who breached the quarantine in England could be fined 1,000 pounds (A$1,863), and that spot checks would be carried out by health and border officials.

Those whose accommodation does not allow for self-isolation will be set up in facilities provided by the government, but at a cost to the traveller.

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International travellers - including those from France - arriving in Britain face spot "Obviously for the UK citizens coming back they'll be able to quarantine at home, for visitors they will need to make arrangements for here they can do that quarantine for 14 days .". Covid - 19 quarantine .

The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21 restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID - 19 virus, according to the State On March 16, the country declared a mandatory 14 - day self- quarantine for all international travelers .

The quarantine measures will not apply to those arriving from the Republic of Ireland, and there are also exemptions for freight drivers, medical professionals and seasonal agricultural workers.

Critics have questioned why the measures have been introduced so late, with Britain only enforcing quarantine on travellers coming from China and northern Italy at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Airline bosses said the measures would have severe repercussions, with Michael O'Leary, chief executive of low-cost carrier Ryanair, saying they would be "unenforceable and unpoliceable" and would be ignored.

"Introducing a quarantine at this stage makes no sense and will mean very limited international aviation at best," Tim Alderslade, chief executive of industry body Airlines UK, said.

"It is just about the worst thing [the] government could do if their aim is to restart the economy."

The Government said the quarantine measures will be reviewed every three weeks.

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