The United Kingdom on Friday announced more measures to strengthen its border controls and prevent the entry of new variants of coronaviruses into the region.
By Monday, travel corridors will be closed, allowing passengers arriving in low-risk areas not to be affected by certain restrictions, such as the quarantine requirement.
The announcement was made by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson. Also from Monday, those wishing to travel the country must submit a negative Kovid-19 test conducted 72 hours prior to departure, and fill out a form with information about their stay.
After landing, passengers must detach themselves for 10 days. Johnson said those breaking the rules would have to pay “substantial fines”. “We are pushing enforcement both across the border and in the country,” he said.
The United Kingdom announced yesterday that it would suspend the arrival of passengers from Brazil and 15 other countries due to the detection of new variants of the Kovid-19.
Countries that were part of travel corridors had lower transmission rates. However, with the discovery of variants, the British government understood that it is impossible to predict where the strains would originate.
In addition, Johnson announced today that more than 3.2 million people have been vaccinated in the UK. The group comprises 45% of those over 80 years of age and about 40% of nursing home residents.
Today, 55,761 new cases of Kovid-19 have been registered in the country. Johnson then stated that hospitals are overloaded and called upon the British to honor the rules set by the government.
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