The British government plans to reduce the quarantine period for travelers from “countries with a high incidence of coronavirus cases” from 14 to 10 days, namely Portugal, as soon as they return to the United Kingdom, reports the newspaper ‘The Telegraph’.
The Executive intends to present this week the changes in the measures adopted last Saturday, when it announced the imposition, as of Sunday, of a mandatory quarantine for citizens arriving from countries that are on its ‘black list’, under penalty of a up to 1,000 pounds (about 1,027 euros), in a decision that was the target of harsh criticism by the tourism sector and British tourists themselves for the lack of notice.
Among the new measures under study, there is also the possibility of carrying out a Covid-19 test on travelers eight days after their arrival in the United Kingdom.
If the result is negative, they may be released from quarantine two days later, reducing the mandatory isolation period by four days, advances The Telegraph.
“The move would remove almost a full week of work from the self-isolation obligation and ministers are confident it will help save the summer vacation season for those who have already booked flights abroad,” the newspaper said.
According to the publication, the decision to reintroduce the quarantine last Sunday was taken after the authorities informed the government that ten British citizens tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from a trip to Spain.
Although the number of coronavirus daily positives still exceeds 700 in the UK, the authorities maintain that “imported cases” are of “great statistical importance” in predicting future trends, so the government “decided that it could not risk facing” the “return of millions” of British tourists from Spain.
Among the new measures he may present this week, the Executive also values the performance of coronavirus tests for all those who have returned from Spain to the United Kingdom since last July 23.