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Boris Johnson has told MPs that Home Secretary Priti Patel will set out tougher quarantine measures for “red list countries where we have particular concern about new variants”.
Plans are expected to be unveiled on Wednesday, January 27, which could see UK arrivals forced to fork out for two weeks in a quarantine hotel to stop the spread of Covid.
And the Prime Minister addressed MPs during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday to confirm tougher quarantine measures are due to be set out by Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Mr Johnson told the Commons: "Throughout this pandemic, it has been the habit of the Opposition first to support one approach and then to attack it, to twist, to turn.
"It was only recently that the shadow transport secretary was saying that quarantine measures should be relaxed.
"We have one of the toughest regimes in the world. We ask people to test 72 hours before they fly, they have to produce a passenger locator form otherwise they can be kicked off the flight.
"They already have to quarantine for 10 days and my right honourable friend the Home Secretary will be setting later today, if he cared to wait for that, even tougher measures for those red-list countries where we are particularly concerned about new variants."
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Currently flights from South Africa, Brazil and Portugal have been suspended, with British residents allowed to travel through indirect routes before self-isolating at home.
From other countries travellers must provide a negative Covid-19 test taken up to three days before departure.
Travellers must currently self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival, even with a negative test.
In England, travellers may be able to end their self-isolation early if they pay for a private coronavirus test and provide a negative result.
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Earlier in the day, MP Robert Jenrick confirmed that the rules would be announced on Wednesday while speaking to the media.
He told Sky News: "The Prime Minister has said we do want to go further and the Home Secretary will be making a statement in Parliament later today about further steps we are going to take in this country to ensure that there is less flow of individuals in."
The BBC reports that arrivals from most of southern Africa and South America, as well as Portugal, will be required to isolate in a hotel for 10 days.
It appears likely that travellers would have to pay for their hotel costs during the quarantine period, which could add more than £1,000 on their bill.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth called on the Government to introduce the measures for all new travellers, not just ones from a handful of countries.
He told BBC Breakfast: "We should have had comprehensive border controls in for the past year.
"Priti Patel and Boris Johnson, they tell us they want to take control of their borders, but the one time it actually mattered, and they needed to take control of our borders to protect us, they failed.
"I would urge the Government to look at a comprehensive policy, not just the hotspots, because remember, there will be areas or countries across the world where there are mutations which haven't been identified yet because they don't have the same level of scientific ability."
- Boris Johnson
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