BORIS Johnson is set to impose compulsory hotel quarantines for those arriving in Britain.
The PM is also expected to tighten border controls amid mounting concerns over the spread of Covid variants.
The UK could be set to impose compulsory hotel quarantines for arrivalsCredit: Reuters
NHS staff wait with key workers to get their Covid jabs in GlasgowCredit: Getty Images – Getty
A tough package of restrictions is being drawn up after top scientists demanded fierce action to halt the march of the mutants.
They are expected to agree a further crackdown, including stripping millionaire sports stars of special travel perks which allow them to slip away for secret sunshine breaks.
Meanwhile, people who have had a Covid jab will be reminded of a warning from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam that they do not have a “freedom pass” to break lockdown.
“Covid hotels” will be introduced at major airports where arrivals from abroad will be ordered to quarantine.
And a new “selfie-isolation” rule is likely, which will require those in quarantine to send a daily picture proving they are staying indoors.
Senior advisers have convinced Mr Johnson that further action is needed following evidence that a new variant found in Kent is both more virulent and deadly.
Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases, warned yesterday: “This virus has still got a few surprises to spring on us, I’m afraid.”
Medical experts are pushing for the tightest possible border controls — but the Government is expected to stop short of a complete closure.
But the new rule will be a hammer blow to the tourist trade.
Visitors will be clobbered with the cost of an airport hotel bill immediately on arrival.
Boris Johnson is expected to tighten border controls amid concerns over Covid variantsCredit: AFP
Arrivals from abroad could be ordered to quarantineCredit: w8media
A source said: “It is likely all arrivals from certain areas would be expected to stay at a hotel.
“It would be too much of a risk to expect they would all self isolate at home for that period.”
Even Cabinet ministers who have been supportive of the tourism industry — including Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps — have now been convinced of the need to step up restrictions.
Mr Van-Tam yesterday dampened down public glee as the number of vaccinations carried out topped 5.8 million.
He warned that getting a jab did not give anyone the right to behave as though the world had returned to normal.
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Travel exemptions for top sport stars are also to be ripped up.
A source said: “The privileges for elite athletes were brought in so they could fly to major sporting events but it seems many of them have been using them to jet off to playboy resorts.
“It’s about time we tightened up on this. Everyone else must be wondering why they are allowed to sun themselves in hot climes while they are stuck at home.”
The move follows Celtic abandoning matches after a trip to Dubai for a training camp where a player later tested positive and teammates had to isolate.
Whitehall chiefs are also discussing a new smartphone app to monitor Brits self-isolating.
Jonathan Van-Tam says those who are vaccinated do not have a ‘freedom pass’ to break lockdown
So-called ‘Covid hotels’ may be introduced at major airportsCredit: Louis Wood – The Sun
Individuals would take a selfie which would be run through facial recognition checks and also matched with their quarantine address.
A 20-minute window exists to send images and information, otherwise police are alerted.
- The Government is taking action against tricksters selling bogus “immunity boosting” anti-Covid supplements on eBay. It insisted that the online marketplace removes the sellers.
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