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The UK Government has agreed to impose a two-week quarantine to all travelers arrived from other countries as of June 8 as a tool to prevent a relapse of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left other 351 deaths in the last day.
With a total of 254,195 confirmed cases and 36,393 deaths, the United Kingdom – which is already facing a progressive economic reopening – has decided put focus on entry points.
To do this, as explained by a press conference by the British Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, the Government threatens to impose fines of 1,000 pounds (about 1,100 euros) for those who fail to comply with these measures.
Thus, all persons arriving from other countries by land, sea or air – including those with British nationality – must be kept in quarantine for 14 days. In addition, they will be obliged to inform the border authorities of the home where they will spend this isolation, as indicated.
The health authorities, for their part, will be able to carry out random tests and random tests to guarantee that the regulations are complied with. Anyone who refuses to follow the rules – who forbid visiting family or friends during the quarantine period – can be subject to immediate expulsion from the country.
A “great threat” to the country
For London, the entry of people from abroad throughout the summer poses a high risk of contagion. Now that the infection rate is declining, imported cases may constitute a “great threat “to the country, according to Patel, who has specified that a total of 3.2 million COVID-19 tests have been carried out in the country, 140,497 of them in the last day.
The order will include as exceptions the carriage of goods by road and medical workers, as well as those arriving from Ireland or the Isle of Man. These exemptions will not extend to France., despite the fact that this seemed to have been agreed two weeks ago by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the French President, Emmanuel Macron.
Downing Street had already anticipated that any such measure would be reviewed every three weeks, although for the time being the Government sticks to its recommendations not to travel abroad unless absolutely necessary.
Airlines fear new quarantine orders further limit recovery from a sector that has already suffered drops of up to 99% in air traffic due to the widespread adoption of measures against the coronavirus pandemic.