Boris Johnson – No.10’s quarantine hotel call – Metro Newspaper UK
BORIS JOHNSON will decide today whether to order compulsory hotel quarantine for arrivals from Covid hotspots — after it was confirmed that mutant strains are already in Britain.
The prime minister will host a meeting of the Downing Street ‘Covid-O’ committee to discuss whether travellers from South Africa and Brazil should be escorted to hotels for ten days of isolation.
Health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed 77 cases of the South African variant and nine of the Brazilian have been detected in the UK.
‘The new variant I really worry about is the one that is out there that hasn’t been spotted,’ he told Sky News. Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has played down suggestions the South Africa variant could be resistant to vaccines.
Flights from Brazil and South Africa have been banned but ministers are reportedly considering applying a hotel rule to passport holders from those countries who arrive indirectly.
Concerns were raised by long queues at Heathrow airport over the weekend as border staff struggled to process the negative test results required by arrivals.
Labour claimed only three per cent of travellers were checked after arriving in the summer. But shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said: ‘I would support the use of hotels.’