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UK to impose quarantine on Swiss, Jamaican arrivals

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BRITISH government says it will reimpose quarantine for travellers from Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland, but ease restrictions on arrivals from Cuba in a bid to scale down coronavirus spread.

  The decision, which is scheduled to come into effect from tomorrow, will require travellers from those three countries to self-isolate for 14 days following spikes in cases.

  This was disclosed through British Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps in a twitter message today.

  “Data shows we need to remove the Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland from our list of coronavirus travel corridors to keep infection rates down.” Shapps twitted.

  He added, “data also shows we can now add Cuba to those countries already included in travel corridors,” warning that people thinking of travelling abroad should be prepared for the advice to change at short notice.

  It will be recalled that quarantine was imposed last week on Croatia, Austria, and Trinidad and Tobago, following France, the Netherlands and several other countries on the list as governments across Europe grapple with fears of a second wave of virus infections.

  Britain, which has been the hardest-hit European country by COVID-19, registering more than 41,000 deaths to date, has itself seen its number of confirmed cases creeping up in recent weeks.

  Officials announced more than 1,500 new cases on yesterday, its highest total since mid-June, although hospital admissions and death rates remain low.

  The UK had no quarantine measures in the early stages of the pandemic but in June imposed a blanket self-isolation requirement on all arrivals.

  Weeks later it carved out travel corridors which exempted travellers from certain countries from quarantine.

  Report says, the measures were reintroduced for arrivals from Spain in late July, catching airlines as well as thousands of Britons leaving for their holidays by surprise.

  Voices of objective has continued to trail the new measure as the country’s struggling tourism sector has kicked against the quarantine policy, describing it as overbearing and called for more targeted testing at ports of entry.

  However, the British government has not shown any likely shift on their new policy but hinted it could be subject to change at short intervals, depending on success rate in containing the spread of the virus.

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