International travelers may face samples and £ 1,000 fines if they fail to isolate themselves under measures to protect against a second wave of coronavirus 14 days after arriving in the UK.
Interior Minister Priti Patel is expected to outline the plans – to be introduced early next month – during Friday’s daily Downing Street briefing, a senior government official confirmed.
Exceptions will apply to road hauliers and medical officials, while the common travel area with Ireland remains unaffected. Arrivals from France are not exempt, the official confirmed, following confusion earlier this week.
Travelers will be asked to fill out a form with their contact details, and health officials will conduct samples to ensure compliance with the measures.
The move will infuriate some sectors, with Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary earlier this week calling the plan “idiot” and “non-implementable,” while the trading agency Airlines UK previously said a quarantine of international travel to and from Britain. Would effectively kill Britain.
Meanwhile, the scientific advice given to the government, which has informed proposals to send some students back to school from 1 June, will be published.
The Sun newspaper reported that the Emergency Science Advisory Group (SAGE) articles will suggest that teachers are at no greater risk of contracting coronavirus than other key workers.
The publication of the advisory follows concerns from unions and council leaders about the government’s plans to return children to kindergarten, reception, year 1 and year 6 from next month.
In other developments:
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that about one in six people in London and one in 20 elsewhere in England have already had coronavirus – and revealed that certificates for people who test positive for antibodies are being looked at.
– Mr Hancock also said that more than 10 million antibody tests will be rolled out next week and will be offered for the first time to health and social care workers, as well as patients and nursing home residents.
– A trial has started with a quick 20 minute test to tell people if they currently have Covid-19.
– A new study suggested that a blood test may help monitor a person’s immune response to Covid-19, helping early doctors identify who may need additional treatment or intensive care.
– England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said that the number of deaths in nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic has peaked and “come a long way”.
– The nation was on its way for the ninth week in a row to clap for NHS caretakers and key workers who have risked their lives against Covid-19.
It comes after Boris Johnson has reversed to exempt overseas health and healthcare workers from the fee that migrants have to pay to pay the NHS due to mounting pressures from higher Tories.
Downing Street said the prime minister has asked officials from the Home Office and the Department of Health and Social Care to remove health workers and health care providers from the supplement “as soon as possible.”
Full details will be released in the coming days, a spokesman for number 10 said.
Mr. Johnson “has thought a lot about this” and as a “personal beneficiary of healthcare providers from overseas,” he understands the difficulties that our great NHS employees are facing, the spokesperson said.
“The purpose of the NHS allowance is to help the NHS, to care for the sick and to save lives.
“NHS and foreign aid workers with a visa are already doing this because of the fantastic contribution they make.”
The £ 400 surcharge will continue to exist for other categories of visa applicants and will increase to £ 624 as planned in October.
The change applies to all NHS employees, from medical personnel to vital wearers and cleaners.
It also includes independent health and social workers.
The turnaround comes after senior Tories demanded a change, with former party chairman Lord Patten calling it “terrible” and “monstrous.”