COVID-19: UK to close all travel corridors Monday

Following the discovery of a variant of COVID-19 first detected in Brazil, the United Kingdom has announced that all travel corridors to the UK will be closed from Monday.

This announcement by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson will end the quarantine exemption for arrivals from selected nations.

The new policy, which comes into effect from 4am on Monday, means that arrivals from every destination will need to self-isolate for 10 days, or receive a negative result from a coronavirus test taken at least five days after they enter the UK.

Boris Johnson told the Downing Street press conference: “It’s precisely because we have the hope of that vaccine and the risk of new strains coming from overseas that we must take additional steps now to stop those strains from entering the country.

“Yesterday we announced that we’re banning flights from South America and Portugal and to protect us against the risk from as-yet-unidentified strains we will also temporarily close all travel corridors from 0400 on Monday.

“Following conversations with the devolved administrations we will act together so this applies across the whole of the UK,” he said.

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