Travellers entering the UK via British airports will be forced to quarantine for two weeks, a Government source has reportedly revealed.
The plans are being developed as part of the Government’s ‘second phase’ of its coronavirus response, reports and could be rolled out as early as next month. The move comes as the UK death toll exceeded 20,000 for the first time earlier today, with Home Secretary Priti Patel calling it a “tragic and terrible milestone.”
Pressure has been growing on the Government to enforce a stricter policy for travellers entering the country, following similar schemes in New Zealand, Australia and Germany.
It is believed the Government wants to introduce a Singapore-style approach to airports and ports, with large fines dished out to people caught breaking the quarantine rules.
It is claimed there may be possible exemptions for essential workers such as lorry drivers bringing vital supplies to the UK.
A Government source told the Telegraph: “A stringent, Singapore-style approach at our ports will help the UK manage the risk of travellers entering the country and reduce the possibility of a second peak.
“We are looking at deploying these measures at the right time, in line with the scientific advice and when community transmission has been significantly reduced.
“More than 15,000 people arrive in the UK each day from virus-hit countries.”
Heathrow Airport said passenger numbers for March 2020 fell by 52 per cent compared with 2019, with demand for April expected to fall by 90 per cent.
Earlier in the week, Heathrow boss John Holland urged ministers to introduce mass screenings.