Coronavirus live UK updates as mass quarantine…

Coronavirus live UK updates as mass quarantine plans announced
2021-01-26 07:01:00
Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay nowRules surrounding travel into England is set to change as the government is expected to announce that some travellers will have to quarantine in hotels. The news comes as concern grows regarding new Covid variants entering the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make a decision later today after meeting with senior ministers to discuss proposals. The new measures which are to be put in place “imminently” are likely to apply to UK citizens arriving from high risk-countries including South Africa, South America, and Portugal. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. While most foreign national already face UK travel bans, the new plans are set to be another blow for the travel industry, signalling that overseas travel is unlikely to return this summer. Under the new rules travellers will be required to pay to quarantine at a designated hotel for 10 days, whereas under current restrictions people are required to test negative for Covid-19 up to 72 hours before travelling to be allowed into the UK. Arrivals are then expected to quarantine for 10 days regardless of their test result, but this can be done at home. Although, the quarantine period can be cut short after five days after a second negative test. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Asked last night his opinion on the new quarantine rules at a Downing Street briefing, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I think it is incredibly important that we are cautious at the border.” He went on to remind the public that the government last week closed all UK travel corridors, allowing arrivals from some countries to avoid quarantine – until at least 15 February. He also reinforced that travel abroad is currently “illegal” without a reasonable excuse i.e for work. The Health Secretary went on to remind people that now is not a moment “to ease up” on coronavirus restrictions. He told the Downing Street press conference: “This is not a moment to ease up. The success of the vaccine rollout means we cannot put this progress at risk.” He went on to say that reaching a decision on when to lift lockdown restrictions was “difficult” as almost twice as many people are in hospital with coronavirus as at the first peak back in April. He also noted there are “more people on ventilators than at any time in this whole pandemic”.08:14Kirstin Tait“Too early” for people to think about summer holiday plansNadhim Zahawi said it was “too early” for people to think about summer holiday plans.The vaccines minister told BBC Breakfast: “I would say it is too early to begin to speculate on summer holidays.“I think the right thing to do now is to continue with our vaccination drive. I think on Saturday we got to half a million first dose jabs in a single day – we continue to make great progress.”He told Sky News: “At the moment we have reached Base Camp, if I could describe it as that – over 6.5 million people now with the first dose. There is a long way to go.”07:37Kirstin TaitHotel group chief executive says quarantine hotel price could be “considerably reduced”Rob Paterson, chief executive of Best Western hotels group, said travellers returning to the UK could expect to pay “considerably reduced” prices for a stay in one of the group’s hotels for their quarantine period – although he did not give a figure.He told BBC Breakfast: “Naturally, we’d much rather be open and trading at our normal levels, but what we’re doing at the moment is just about covering costs.“Most hoteliers across the entire country are losing thousands and thousands of pounds every month, so a contract just to stem the losses would be a welcome contract for our hotel, and we stand ready to support the Government on that.”07:36Kirstin TaitPfizer supply will continueGovernment vaccine tsar Nadhim Zahawi said he was “confident” that the Pfizer supply would continue – comments that come in the face of the European Union reportedly looking to block the export of the company’s inoculations out of the bloc.Asked whether the EU could prevent Pfizer vials leaving its borders, Mr Zahawi told Sky News: “No, I’m confident that the Pfizer vaccine will be delivered.“Pfizer have made sure that they have always delivered for us, they will continue to do so.“They have made a very important announcement on the equitable supply of the whole world, including the European Union, and I’m sure they will deliver for the European Union, the United Kingdom and for the rest of the world.“We have got 367 million vaccines that we have ordered from seven different suppliers, so I’m confident we will meet our target and continue to vaccinate the whole of the adult population by the autumn.”07:36Kirstin TaitMobile hotels may be introduced Rob Paterson, chief executive of Best Western Great Britain, has said the franchise could mobilise hotels for quarantining travellers returning to the UK “within 24 to 48 hours”.Mr Paterson told BBC Breakfast: “Through our project with the NHS supporting discharge patients, we’ve got the protocols and the whole infection control management side of things taken care of…“We could turn this around within 24 to 48 hours for an open hotel, and a bit longer for an unopened hotel.”He added that for returning travellers this would be an “entirely contactless and quite a sterile experience”.07:35Kirstin TaitVaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi says a decision on quarantining visitors at hotels was likely to be announced on Tu

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