UK to quarantine visitors from nations with high COVID-19 risk

Hospitals are admitting an increasing number of coronavirus patients every day amid the second wave of the pandemic (Photo: HANNAH MCKAY/AFP/Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes part in a Cabinet Meeting at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on September 15, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jonathan Buckmaster – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is preparing to force travelers from countries where there is a high risk of COVID-19 to go into quarantine for 10 days after arriving in Britain, the Daily Mail reported on Saturday.

Travelers from Brazil and South Africa, and neighboring countries, will be met on arrival and escorted to hotels to quarantine, under plans being discussed by UK ministers, the Daily Mail said.

Johnson favoured a more targeted approach than making all air passengers go into quarantine, said the report, which added that the quarantine decision would be taken on Monday.

Britain has recorded more than 3.5 million COVID-19 infections – the fifth-highest in the world – and nearly 96,000 deaths.