- New even stricter rules on coronavirus testing for arrivals to the UK are being introduced by ministers
- As well as having to test negative before departure, people will be screened twice during isolation period
- From Monday arrivals from ‘red list’ states will have to spend 10 days in ‘quarantine hotels’ at own expense
- People who lie about whether they have been to ‘red list’ country face up to 10 years in prison under new law
- Matt Hancock made the dramatic announcement to MPs today in a bid to block new strains entering UK
Travellers who lie about whether they have been to mutant coronavirus hotspots face up to 10 years in prison, under a brutal crackdown unveiled by Matt Hancock today.
The Health Secretary said he made ‘no apologies’ for incredibly harsh measures, warning that protecting the UK from variant strains that can potentially evade vaccines is ‘mission critical’ – and hinting they might need to be in place until the Autumn.
He revealed the government is creating a new criminal offence of hiding from the authorities that you have visited one of the countries on the UK’s ‘red list’.