MATT Hancock has made an announcement in the House of Commons today, February 9.
The Health Secretary updated the country on the latest steps to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Matt Hancock has announced new measures todayCredit: AFP or licensors
What did Matt Hancock say?
The Health Secretary revealed plans to test everyone coming into Britain twice for Covid – on top of the negative test they already need to fly.
He also gave MPs an update on the quarantine hotel policy, which will come into place on Monday.
From Monday, February 15, anyone coming in from 33 “red list” countries will all be ordered to stay in quarantine hotels for 10 days.
Today Mr Hancock confirmed a significantly tougher policy for everyone flying into the UK to stop new variants coming in and putting at risk Britain’s vaccination programme.
He told the Commons: “Just like flu and all other viruses mutates over time. And so responding to new variants as soon as they arise is mission critical to protect ourselves for the long term.”
People will be ordered to have a negative test before they fly, and then do two tests while they are in the hotel – on days two and eight.
Anyone coming in from 33 “red list” countries will all be ordered to stay in quarantine hotels for 10 days
Anyone who leaves the quarantine faces a whopping £10,000 fine.
And people who lie about where they have been on holiday to try and avoid the quarantine could even face a 10-year jail sentence too.
The Health Secretary also warned that passengers arriving from “red list” countries will be forced to stay in the hotels for LONGER than 10 days – if they test positive.
All travellers entering the UK will have to take two coronavirus tests while self-isolating, it’s been confirmed.
And the entire process – including the mandatory tests and quarantine hotel room – will cost arrivals £1,750 each.
People must get a test on day two and day eight of their 10-day quarantine period.
And if the PCR tests come out positive, travellers will be forced to stay in the quarantine hotel until they are proven to no longer be infectious.
There will also be fines for people who fail to take the Covid tests on both occasions during their isolation period.
There will be a £1,000 penalty for failing to take the first coronavirus test, and a £2,000 fine for failing to take the second.