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UK to begin hotel quarantine this month amid criticism of delay

Everyone who comes to UK from countries identified as coronavirus Hotspots will have to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine starting February 15 in a bid to prevent new variants of the virus from reaching the country, the government said on Friday.

But authorities face criticism over delays in implementing the policy, which was first announced in late January.

A British Airways plane takes off behind the Sofitel hotel at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 in West London on February 5, 2021. Britain confirmed on Thursday that it will introduce its new mandatory hotel quarantine rules for travelers who return from dozens of countries deemed “high risk” for Covid-19 variants later this month. (AFP via Getty Images)
Under the plan British citizens and residents Returning from high-risk countries will need to be quarantined in approved hotels near airports and seaports, patrolled by security guards, and charged for their stay.

Most international travel is already prohibited under current restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, and arriving passengers must show a negative coronavirus test and self-isolate.

However, the application of the quarantine has been uneven.

The UK says it has sought advice from Australia Y New Zealand, where quarantined hotels have been used to contain COVID-19.

The main opposition party, the Labor Party, said it was “beyond comprehension” that the policy was only being introduced 50 days after a new strain of South Africa’s most communicable virus was first identified.

Labor borders spokesman Nick Thomas-Symonds said the government was doing “too little, too late.”

Some hotel chains said they were in talks with the government to participate, but Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said others were concerned their brand reputation would be “tarnished” if they associated with quarantines. pandemics.

The cover of the Evening Standard newspaper carries the story that the government is contemplating making it mandatory for all visitors to the UK to have to quarantine themselves in a hotel, after arriving here, on the outskirts of Victoria train station in the Central London on January 25, 2021, as Londoners continue to live under Level 4 lockdown restrictions. (AFP via Getty Images)
People walk down the street in Fleetwood, North West England, on January 29, 2021 as life continues in Britain’s third coronavirus lockdown. (AFP via Getty Images)

Meher Nawab, chief executive of the London Hotel Group, questioned whether there was enough time to configure the system safely.

“To configure all the processes, it is necessary that virologists come to visit the property, it is necessary to establish hygiene protocols, which cannot be done overnight,” he told the BBC.

“The ventilation system needs to be looked at very closely. I’m not sure what (the government) has put in place can be done at this point.”

Great Britain has experienced Of Europe The worst coronavirus outbreak with more than 110,000 confirmed deaths.

So far, nearly 10.5 million people, 20% of all adults, have received the first of two doses of a vaccine.

Patients receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at Copes Pharmacy in Streatham on February 4, 2021 in London, England. (Getty)

The government aims to give 15 million people a chance by February 15, including all people over the age of 70 and those with underlying health problems.

The government announced on Friday that everyone in the UK over the age of 50 should have received at least one dose by May, a vaccination schedule that meant local elections in England could be held as planned on May 6.

“Democracy should not be canceled due to COVID,” said Constitution Minister Chloe Smith.

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The government said that in-person voting could take place safely despite the pandemic, but voters would have to bring their own pencils or pens to mark their ballots.

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