The Home Secretary is seeking cross-party support in order to ban arrivals from countries including the US and Iran from entering the UK to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It has emerged daily flights are still landing in the UK from New York and Tehran despite the UK being placed on lockdown by the Prime Minister. Although airline services have been severely reduced the UK is yet to impose strict restrictions on travel and the Foreign Office advises arrivals from abroad to self-isolate for 14 days.
The US imposed tougher measures and has banned travel from Europe and the UK for 30 days as well as non-essential travel from Canada.
The European Union has also imposed a 30 day travel ban.
The number of cases of coronavirus continues to soar in the US with 67,847 people testing positive and 978 deaths.
In Iran there are 27,017 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,077 deaths.
Coronavirus UK: Priti Patel is understood to be considering imposing travel restrictions (Image: GETTY)
Coronavirus UK: Flights are still arriving in to the UK from the US and Iran (Image: PA)
A Home Office source told The Daily Telegraph: “We are most concerned about the daily flights from the US and Iran which are coming in on a daily basis.
“We want to stop non-EEA nationals from flying into the UK.
“The EU is not a problem for the most part because their domestic lockdowns are so severe.
“There is no doubt that we are going to come under increasing pressure to sort this.
Coronavirus UK: The Prime Minister has put the UK on lockdown (Image: PA)