United Kingdom arrivals could face fines for breaking quarantine

The quarantine measures will be reviewed every three weeks

The quarantine measures will be reviewed every three weeks

Home Secretary Priti Patel will set out the details of the new quarantine system at the daily government press conference at 5 pm on Friday.

Travellers will need to tell the government where they will quarantine, with enforcement through random spot checks and £1,000 fines in England.

Spain and Italy have introduced rules that mean worldwide arrivals must self-isolate for two weeks, while on Friday Ireland gave further details for its own quarantine proposals.

Lorry drivers, seasonal farm workers, and coronavirus medics will be exempt. The devolved authorities in the other parts of the United Kingdom will set out their own enforcement approaches though the general rules will apply everywhere. I believe we have now very a lot, and perhaps rightly, diverted our consideration away from our borders and into the nation, to focus upon the well being and security of our indigenous inhabitants - which is completely comprehensible. "We are not closing our borders", she said.

EasyJet has said it will offer limited domestic flights, and one global flight to Nice, France, from the middle of June.

The rules will be reviewed every three weeks, so are expected to be in place until at least June 29.

But airlines have said a quarantine requirement would "effectively kill air travel" - and one airport boss described the plans as a "blunt tool".

The government now recommends worldwide travel only when absolutely necessary, and nobody should travel if they display any coronavirus symptoms.

What does the new system involve?

They should not have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing essential support.

Refusal to hand over personal details once fined could lead to arrest and foreign visitors who refuse to fill in the forms could be denied entry to the UK. They will then have to travel to that address without using public transport and remain there for 14 days.

But the measure was not extended to travellers from every country.

Road hauliers and medical officials would be exempt, as well as those arriving from the Republic of Ireland.

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

She said: "These measures will be kept under review and I really do want to emphasis that. But we will take enforcement action against the minority of people who endanger the safety of others".

The Opposition Labour Party has backed the plans, but shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said there were "lots of questions as to why we didn " t do this sooner".

The new move came as another 351 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Thursday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 36,393, according to the Department of Health and Social Care. The French presidency said those coming from European Union countries, from Britain and from the passport-free Schengen area will be exempted.

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