Britain reviewing COVID-19 quarantine country list

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Britain will review a list of countries affected by quarantine measures, senior minister Michael Gove said on Thursday, after the country announced plans for some travelers to have to stay for 10 days in accommodation such as hotels upon arrival.

Britain announced on Wednesday new measures to reduce travel in and out of the country, hoping that by tightening its borders it can reduce the risk of new variants of the coronavirus spreading and putting its vaccination programme at risk.

Countries on the so-called high-risk or “red list” are mainly located in South America and southern Africa.

“We will be reviewing today how extensive that list of countries needs to be. We will be guided by advice from our scientific advisors and we will be reporting back later on where the line will be drawn,” Gove told BBC radio.

However, it is not believed that the U.K. will its borders completely. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly rejected calls by home secretary Priti Patel for a temporary closure of borders to protect the country from the new variants.

It is likely that hotel rooms will be block-booked – a step that shouldn’t be too difficult considering most accommodation is largely vacant during England’s third lockdown.

 

Story compiled with assistance from Reuters, Independent Online, YahooFinanceUK