oris Johnson is reportedly set to approve a new border crackdown this week that could see travellers, including British citizens, escorted to quarantine hotels at their point of entry.
Foreign passport-holders from countries where the coronavirus is mutating could also be banned altogether from entering the UK, according to the Sunday Times.
Cabinet ministers are said to be split over whether the hotel quarantine plan should apply to all travellers or just those arriving from hotspot countries.
Meanwhile it has emerged that children may not return to the classroom until after the Easter holidays, with education secretary Gavin Williamson reportedly set to rule out children going back after the February half-term holiday.
Jonathan Van-Tam: vaccination doesn’t mean you can’t pass on the virus
England’s deputy chief medical officer is warning that people who receive both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine could still pass on the virus. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Urging people to stick to the lockdown rules, Jonathan Van-Tam said: “If you change your behaviour you could still be spreading the virus, keeping the number of cases high and putting others at risk who also need their vaccine but are further down the queue.”
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