Grant Shapps says foreign arrivals could FINALLY be quarantined over ...

Foreign arrivals to UK could FINALLY be quarantined and forced to install NHS contact tracing app to reduce risk of letting in a new wave of virus The UK has been very much an outlier by not insisting arrivals are checked   Airport arrivals are advised to self-isolate but there is no enforced testing Shapps said lockdown was followed 'by anybody who comes to this country' Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 12:25 BST, 3 May 2020 | Updated: 18:43 BST, 3 May 2020

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Foreign visitors to the UK could face time in quarantine as the Government 'actively' considers stronger anti-coronavirus measures at the borders, a senior minister revealed today.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that new arrivals could also be forced to download a new contract app onto their smartphone as a condition of entry.

New restrictions would make the UK one of the last countries to introduce them, with the country very much an outlier in recent weeks by not halting inbound flights or insisting arrivals are checked.

People arriving are advised to self-isolate but there is no enforced testing. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel is  believed to be among those who have demanded tougher rules for foreign visitors and the remaining Brits still abroad who make it home.

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr show Mr Shapps said: 'I think it is important that as we are seeing the numbers decrease and the R rate we hope decrease... that we do ensure that the sacrifices in a sense - social distancing - that we are asking the British people to make are matched by anybody who comes to this country.

'I am actively looking at these issues right now so that when we have infection rates within the country under control we are not importing.'

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr show Mr Shapps said: 'I think it is important that as we are seeing the numbers decrease and the R rate we hope decrease... that we do ensure that the sacrifices in a sense - social distancing - that we are asking the British people to make are matched by anybody who comes to this country'

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr show Mr Shapps said: 'I think it is important that as we are seeing the numbers decrease and the R rate we hope decrease... that we do ensure that the sacrifices in a sense - social distancing - that we are asking the British people to make are matched by anybody who comes to this country'

People arriving are advised to self-isolate but there is no enforced testing at UK airports and ports

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