Boris Johnson faces furious Labour over ‘ineffective’ hotel quarantine measures

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Home Secretary Priti Patel and Health Secretary Matt Hancock are both understood to be supporting plans to broadly require people entering the UK to have to quarantine for 10 days at a hotel. Travellers from a number of countries that are identified as ‘high risk’ are already subject to this rule.

However, Boris Johnson is understood to be calling for a more targeted approach which would affect a smaller number of countries, the Guardian reports.

Now, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds has accused Mr Johnson of not addressing “gaping holes” in the UK’s defence against Covid-19.

He said in a statement: "If these reports are accurate, the Government is leaving gaping holes in our nation’s defences against different strains of the virus emerging around the world.

Boris Johnson speakingMr Johnson is said to be in favour of a more targeted approach regarding the hotel quarantine rule (Image: Leon Neal / Getty)

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"The proposals are half-baked, slow at being implemented and risk being ineffective at this crucial moment in our race to get Britain vaccinated.

“Labour is calling for a comprehensive hotel quarantine for all arrivals to secure us against new strains.”

A decision on the final quarantine hotel policy is due to be announced at some point today.

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