British nationals and residents returning from 30 “Red List” countries will be quarantined in government-provided accommodation – such as hotels Boris Johnson has been telling MPs for 10 days

The Prime Minister said the new measures are aimed at preventing new mutant strains of COVID from reaching the UK

Mr Johnson affirmed that it is currently “illegal to leave home and travel abroad for recreational purposes” under England’s national ban

He said the government will “enforce this in ports and airports by asking people why they are leaving and instructing them to return home if they have no valid reason to travel”

And when announcing the new hotel quarantine requirements, Mr Johnson told MPs the government had already banned travel from countries “at risk of known variants, including South Africa, Portugal and South American nations”

“To reduce the risk of UK nationals and residents returning home from these countries, I can announce that all non-entry arrivals will be in government-provided accommodation such as hotels for 10 years need to isolate days without exception, “he added

Mr Johnson said the Department of Health and Social Affairs is working to put quarantine facilities in place “as soon as possible.”

The 30 countries on the “Red List” include all countries in South America as well as large parts of southern Africa and Portugal

Interior Minister Priti Patel explained the new measures to the House of Commons and later told MPs: “There are still too many people coming in and out of our country every day”

She said the further move is aimed at “reducing the flow of passengers so that only a small number of people who need travel are essential, thereby reducing the risk to our world-leading immunization program “

Ms. Patel also reiterated the message that “taking a vacation is not a valid reason” to ignore the current stay at home order

“We are going to introduce a new requirement so that people who want to travel must first provide an explanation of why they need to travel,” she told MPs

“This reason for travel is verified by the airlines prior to departure, and this approach effectively reflects the arrivals checks already in place with the passenger search form”

It is assumed that travelers from “Red List” countries will have to pay for isolation in a monitored hotel with coronavirus tests performed during their stay

The move was largely anticipated in recent weeks Critics argued the government should have taken tougher action earlier

You have pointed to the examples of Australia and New Zealand, which have been quarantined since the first weeks of the pandemic and largely eliminated the transmission of the virus within their borders

In the past few days, reports have surfaced of competing views within the government on how extensive mandatory quarantine should be

It has been suggested that some ministers have argued that mandatory arrivals quarantine should apply to all countries, while others advocated targeting specific nations that are considered to be more risky

“Mutations in the virus can undermine the effectiveness of vaccines and threaten life and hope,” he told MPs

“We have no way of knowing where these mutations will come from next, and the truth is the government is back on the curve

“Labor calls for extensive hotel quarantine Today’s announcement is too limited and leaves huge gaps in our defense against emerging stresses

“We know that the tribes that have appeared in South Africa and Brazil have already reached these coasts. No wonder if the controls were so lax”

The SNP’s Westminster Leader Ian Blackford previously told Mr Johnson that “both the Scottish and Welsh Governments want to go further in quarantine than proposed by his UK government”

He called on the prime minister to “stop doing his half-job” and introduce “stricter enforcement of international travel”

A spokesman for the Welsh government said: “We have agreed on the need for a common approach between the four nations of the UK and the Republic of Ireland to strengthen border health measures and prevent the further spread of the coronavirus”

“However, we do not believe that the approach taken by the UK Government goes far enough. Further discussion of the details of the proposals will take place as soon as possible”

Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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