England announces tough measures to fight covid 19. Those who break the quarantine rules risk years in prison.
All British and Irish nationals arriving in England from February 15 from any of 33 “red-list” high-risk countries in the previous 10 days will be required to undergo quarantine in one of 16 hotels and pay 1,750 pounds ($3,125) for the mandatory 10-day stay.
Travelers who are not residents of the United Kingdom and who come from “red zone” countries are already banned from entering the United Kingdom.
All arrivals in the United Kingdom will have to take further Covid-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of their quarantines on top of a pre-departure test already required. A positive result will add 10 more days to the confinement.
The British Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, specified that travelers who lie that they have not visited a country included on ” red list ”risks a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Also, a £1,000 fine will be put on those who fail to take a mandatory test, a £2,000 fine for those who fail to take a second mandatory test as well as a two-week extension of their quarantine period and a further £5,000 fixed penalty notice.
According to the BBC, in the first hours after the confirmation of the new quarantine rules related to COVID-19, the London government reserved thousands of hotel rooms. Authorities expect an average of 1,000 people to return to the UK every day from places where new variants of the coronavirus are spread.
The rules are intended to limit the spread of new variants of the coronavirus, the British Health Ministry said.
The government is hoping that its rapid rollout of vaccines, in addition to its border measures and an ongoing national lockdown, will see the number of COVID-19-related deaths fall dramatically.