United Kingdom to introduce quarantine for worldwide arrivals from June 8


People arriving in the United Kingdom will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days and could be fined 1,000 pounds ($1,220) if they fail to comply under a plan being announced Friday by the British government.

Under the rules, announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel, all global arrivals - including British citizens - will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying to the authorities.

Travellers will have to give the government the address where they will quarantine.

In England, breaking the quarantine will be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice, or prosecution with an unlimited fine.

The quarantine rules will be reviewed every three weeks, so are expected to be in place until at least June 29.

Britain has recorded the highest number of deaths in Europe from coronavirus, with more than 36,000 people who have tested positive having died so far.

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All arriving passengers will be required to fill this in to provide contact and travel information so they can be contacted if they, or someone they may have been in contact with develops the disease.

Contrary to what was thought at one stage, arrivals from France will not be exempt, said UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, announcing the rules.

Spot checks - The Border Force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and is not resident in the UK. Arrivals may be contacted regularly during the 14-day period, and they will also face random checks to ensure compliance.

She also said that current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice is not to travel overseas unless it is "essential".

"As we are able to gather more data and have better surveillance of a rate of infection in different parts of the country then we will be able to lift measures quicker in some parts of the country than in others", the prime minister's official spokesman was quoted as saying. The Home Office said this will be at a hotel.

No, only a "very limited" group of people are exempt including freight drivers, seasonal vegetable and fruit pickers, medical specialists and others listed by the Home Office.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for asymptomatic frontline workers, such as surveillance workers deployed in containment zones and paramilitary/police personnel involved in COVID-19-related activities, in its revised guideline for the use of prophylaxis released on Friday evening.