Two-week quarantines to be imposed on new arrivals to UK

A handout photo made available by n10 Downing street shows Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel holding a digital Covid-19 press conference in n10 Downing street in London, Britain, 22 May 2020. Britain imposed a two week mandatory quarantine for people arriving to the UK after 08 June 2020, except for the ones coming from Ireland, medical personnel and seasonal agricultural workers with fines of 1000 British pounds for breaching the measure. EPA-EFE/PIPPA FOWLES / DOWNING STREET / HANDOUT

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Two-week quarantines will be imposed on new arrivals to the UK from 8 June with a £1,000 fine for anyone who breaches the measure.

The home secretary Priti Patel said during Downing Street’s daily briefing that mandatory self-isolation would not apply to people coming from Ireland, medics tackling COVID-19 and seasonal agricultural workers.

The measure is aimed at preventing a new wave of coronavirus from overseas.

Passengers will have to fill in a form providing their contact and travel information so they can be traced if infections arise.

They will also be contacted regularly during the 14 days to ensure their compliance.

Those who breach the terms of self-isolation will be hit with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England or a prosecution with an unlimited fine.

Devolved nations can set out their own enforcement approaches.

Border Force will be able to refuse entry to foreign citizens who are not UK residents during border checks, while removal from the country could be used as a last resort, the Home Office said.

Read more via Sky News

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