Priti Patel says 14-day coronavirus quarantine on UK arrivals is 'essential'
Added 06-03-20 01:36:02pm EST - “Home Secretary Priti Patel defied a huge Tory revolt to tell MPs the blanket rule will come into force from Monday, with the next review new due to happen until the end of the month.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Priti Patel insisted 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals is 'essential to save lives' today but admitted it will hit businesses hard - and confirmed 'travel corridors' are being considered to low-infection countries.
The Home Secretary defied a huge Tory revolt to tell MPs the blanket rule will come into force from Monday, with the next review new due to happen until the end of the month.
With only very limited exceptions for lorry drivers and NHS workers, everyone coming to the country by plane, rail or sea will be ordered to give an address and self-isolate for two weeks, with spot checks from officials.
While she was adamant the clampdown was 'proportionate' to ensure coronavirus did not spike again, Ms Patel did raise hopes by saying the government is looking at 'international travel corridors' to low infection countries in the future.
But she was assailed by a slew of Conservatives, with former minister Theresa Villiers urging her to act to 'save jobs in aviation and let families go on holidays in the sun'.
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