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UK to impose 14-day quarantine on new arrivals as COVID-19 deaths hit 36,393

Exemptions for road hauliers and medical officials will apply, while the common travel area with Ireland will be unaffected.

The Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to announce plans to quarantine global travellers for 14 days as she leads the daily government Covid-19 briefing.

Rule breakers would face a 1,000 pounds (1,217 U.S. dollars) fixed penalty notice in England and border force will be able to refuse entry to any non-British citizens who refuses to comply with these regulations, said the Home Office in a statement.

The UK government is set to unveil tough new procedures later on Friday for global travellers coming into the country as the coronavirus pandemic lockdown is gradually eased, including 14-day mandatory quarantines and possible fines for a breach.

A "Contact locator form" - All arriving passengers will be required to fill in an online form to provide information on their travel plans, contact details and the address where they will stay.

Britain did not close its borders during the worst of the country's coronavirus outbreak, which has been linked to more than 36,000 deaths in the U.K. It is introducing its quarantine just as many other European countries are starting to open up again. The Devolved Administrations will set out their own enforcement approaches.

Britain later said France would not be exempt.

Ms Patel told the briefing the measures were not the same as completely shutting the United Kingdom border to visitors.


"We are not shutting down completely".

So-called "air bridges" - agreements with countries that have low infection rates allowing tourists to travel without quarantining - will not be in place initially, the government said.

They should not go out to buy food or other essentials where they can rely on others.

The move will anger some sectors, with Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary earlier this week branding the plan "idiotic" and "unimplementable", while trade body Airlines UK has previously said a quarantine "would effectively kill" worldwide travel to and from Britain.

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. "What we are seeking to do is control the spread of the virus because we do not want a second wave of this virus".

As of Friday morning, 254,195 people have tested positive for the disease in the country, marking a daily increase of 3,287, said the department.

She said: "It is to protect that hard-won progress and prevent a devastating resurgence in a second wave of the virus".

Several exceptions to the quarantine rule exist in France, including travellers in transit towards a third country, airline crew, long haul truck drivers, seasonal workers from border countries and those with important family reasons (funeral, joint custody).

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