Wales considering quarantines for visitors from UK coronavirus hotspots – News Today


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For any copyright, please send me a message.   Visitors travelling into Wales from the UK’s coronavirus hotspots could soon be asked to self-isolate on arrival, according to the Welsh Government.  Health Minister Vaughan Gething said Welsh authorities were currently deliberating the possibility of enforcing powers currently used for international arrivals from countries with high levels of Covid-19.  These powers would impose restrictions on people entering Wales from areas of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland with high levels of coronavirus.  He told a press conference on Monday: “We’re actively considering what we should do and I’ve discussed it this morning with the First Minister.  “We have quarantine regulations for international travel.  “So for some of the hotspot areas in the north of England, the North East and North West, and the West Midlands, if they were other countries or territories, we would have quarantine regulations for them to return to the UK.”  He added that any potential quarantine restrictions would apply to people from “high incidence areas across the UK”.  “We’re having to consider how we use our power to protect lower-prevalence areas of Wales but at the same time, we don’t want to take a whole-nation approach,” Mr Gething added.  “There’s no good reason to prevent someone from Devon, at this point in time, coming to visit a pre-booked holiday or trip to Pembrokeshire.  “So we are thinking about how we use something that is proportionate and deals with the reality of the threat that we face.”  Speaking on the decision, which is understood to be made later today, Mr Gething said: “We’ll need to take some advice from our scientific and medical advisers, public health advisers, and we’ll then need to consider whether this is the right course of action.  “Because the measures we’ve introduced in Wales are about isolating areas with a higher prevalence of coronavirus and protecting lower prevalence areas too.   What do you think about this? Have your say in the comments below  “It’s consistent with the approach that all four UK nations have taken to international travel and quarantine restrictions, where we recognise that higher prevalence areas in other parts of the world represent a risk to coronavirus being reimported or having an opportunity to spread further within the UK.”  Mr Gething said it was “disappointing” that Boris Johnson had not responded to a letter from First Minister Mark Drakeford asking for travel restrictions to apply to areas of England under local lockdown.  In Wales, people must not enter or leave an area subjected to such restrictions without a reasonable excuse – which does not include travelling for a holiday.  Mr Gething added that the number of hospital



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