Quarantine travel announcement: What did Priti Patel say in her speech today, Wednesday, January 27?

PRITI Patel has outlined a number of tough new measures the Government is taking to strengthen border controls in the Covid pandemic.

The Home Secretary unveiled the new border policy as she gave a speech to the House of Commons this afternoon.

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What time was Priti Patel's announcement?

Following the Prime Minister's Question Time at midday, the Home Secretary gave a ministerial statement from 2.45pm today.

What did Priti Patel announce?

Priti Patel unveiled the tough new measure in a speech to the Commons.

People trying to leave Britain will be confronted at the airport by police and border staff, and if their reason for leaving their homes is deemed non-essential they will be sent home or fined.

And those arriving from 22 high-risk countries will be forced into hotel quarantines Рwith passengers forced to fork out around £1,500 for a ten-day stay in a hotel.

Making it clear there were still too many people entering the UK, the Home Secretary said: "It is clear that there are still too many people coming in and out of our country each day.

"We will introduce a new requirement so that people wishing to travel must first make a declaration as to why they need to travel."

Police will carry out more physical checks at addresses to ensure Brits are quarantining, while entry will be refused to non-UK residents from red-list countries which are already subject to the UK travel ban.

Ms Patel also confirmed the isolation period will be 10 days without exception.

Priti Patel confirmed the introduction of quarantine hotels for arriving travellers, similar to but not as restrictive as Australia's and New Zealand's Covid accommodation.

This would require passengers to pay more than £1,000 to self-isolate in hotels upon arriving in the UK.

She will reportedly announce that all travellers arriving in Britain from 22 high-risk countries across the globe will be forced into hotel quarantine.

There have been more than 100,000 deaths related to coronavirus in the UK, nearly a year after the first reported cases in the country.

How would hotel quarantine work?

A quarantine hotel is a dedicated facility used to temporarily accommodate arriving travellers, while keeping them totally separate and isolated from the wider public.

Checked luggage is transferred separately to the specially designated accommodation and, as long as they don't have any symptoms, travellers are also transferred to a hotel or other designated quarantine facility.

Once they've been taken to a Covid hotel, travellers would be expected to remain in isolation for ten days.

Best Western and Accor, who run Australia’s quarantine facilities, said they are ready to answer the nation’s quarantine call and provide space.

It's been reported that Ms Patel had pushed for a total closure of the UK's borders, as Labour has demanded, but that was rejected by Boris Johnson.

Instead, under the new regime, arrivals from the 30 highest risk countries will have to immediately quarantine in hotels near airports for ten days.

Travellers will have to pick up the tab themselves, at a cost of up to £1,500 each.

Destinations hit include parts of South America around Brazil, countries around South Africa, plus Portugal and Cape Verde Рand maybe even celebrity haunt Dubai.

If ministers do approve of this proposed measure, quarantine hotels would be introduced near major airports.

What is Australia’s system?

In March 2020, as the coronavirus was spreading across the world, New Zealand and Australia acted swiftly, shutting down borders and enforcing a mandatory two weeks in hotel quarantine for anyone allowed to enter.

Twenty-five people have died from Covid in New Zealand, while Australia's death toll sits at 909.

Australia operates an extremely strict mandatory regime for arriving travellers – who are invoiced for their stay at Covid hotels, with fees covering accommodation and daily meals.

Quarantine has been run on a state-by-state basis, with each state or territory responsible for administering its own hotel isolation programme.

For example in New South Wales, the duration of hotel quarantine is for a minimum of 14 days, but it can go up to 24 days, depending on Covid test results.

People who refuse to be tested, or test positive (day two and day 12), must stay in quarantine for the longer period of 24 days in NSW.

All those travelling to Western Australia must quarantine in a hotel for 14 days following arrival in that state.

Two weeks of supervised mandatory quarantine is also expected for those touching down in Queensland and South Australia.

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