- Boris Johnson has officially stated that the government is chalking measures which would allow travellers to quarantine in hotels
- The new measure to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days will be applicable on passengers coming in from most of Southern Africa and South America
THoD Newsdesk, UK: The PM of UK, Boris Johnson has officially stated that the government is chalking measures which would allow travellers to quarantine in hotels amid pressing concerns over foreign coronavirus mutations. Johnson, on Monday at a vaccination site in north London, was quoted saying, “We have to realize there is at least the theoretical risk of a new variant that is a vaccine-busting variant coming in. We’ve got to be able to keep that under control.”
He added, “We want to make sure that we protect our population, protect this country against reinfection from abroad. That idea of looking at hotels is certainly one thing we’re actively now working on. We need a solution that gives us the maximum possible protection against reinfection from abroad.”
As per reports, the new measure to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days will be applicable on passengers coming in from most of Southern Africa and South America as well as Portugal, since many flights from Brazil come via Lisbon. Countries including New Zealand and Australia have already set hotel quarantine in place.
Boris also remarked that the government will be “looking at the potential of relaxing some measures” before the middle of February when the top 4 priority groups, inclusive of approximately 13 million people are expected to be vaccinated.
“We’re looking at the data as it comes in, we’re looking at the rates of infection, as you know the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) groups one to four will be vaccinated by February 15,” he said.
“Before then we’ll be looking at the potential of relaxing some measures… But don’t forget this country has made huge progress in reducing infection. I don’t think people want to see another big surge in infection,” he added.