Coronavirus

PM to discuss compulsory hotel quarantines for UK arrivals

Boris Johnson is expected to tighten border controls due to spread of new Covid strains, according to The Sun

The prime minister is set to discuss imposing compulsory quarantines in hotels for all arrivals to the UK later today, according to the BBC.

Boris Johnson is expected to tighten border controls due to the spread of new Covid-19 strains.

A decision on tightening border rules is due to be made by the prime minister tomorrow (26 January) at a meeting of the government’s Covid operations committee.

Medical experts are pushing the government to accept the harshest possible border controls, however a more likely option is compulsory hotel quarantine for international arrivals, which has proven to be successful in Australia and New Zealand.

According to The Times, chancellor Rishi Sunak is also set to support plans to force everyone entering Britain to quarantine in a hotel to prevent new Covid-19 variants affecting the country’s mass vaccination programme.

Growing support for the motion by ministers is allegedly rooted in the conclusion that the economic cost of hotel quarantines is outweighed by the risks of the present travel restrictions.

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