COVID 19 SECOND WAVE: UK TO CLOSE ALL TRAVEL CORRIDORS
The United Kingdom has suspended all 'travel corridors' which allows travellers arriving into the UK to avoid self-isolation as part of emergency border measures to prevent the spread of the new variant of Coronavirus into the country.
Henceforth, everyone travelling into the United Kingdom will have to show proof of a negative Covid 19 test as the country announces closure of all travel corridors effective 4 am Monday, January 18.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement on Friday, said the new rules would be in place until it is reviewed on February 15.
This means all travellers would be required to take a pre-departure test then self isolate immediately they arrive in the UK for 10 days.
Recall the UK introduced travel corridors in July 2020 to allow travellers from countries with low numbers of recorded COVID 19 infections to enter the country without quarantine on arrival.
The UK has been severely hit by the second wave of the Coronavirus.
Boris stated that the NHS is facing "extraordinary pressures" with more infected patients in hospitals than the first wave of the pandemic.
England has been put on National lockdown with residents forced to stay home except for groceries shoppings or exercises however once the most vulnerable have been vaccinated by mid-February, "we will think about steps we could take to lift the restriction," the PM said.
As of January 15, 2021, the UK has recorded 3,260,262 cases of the Coronavirus with 86,015 deaths.