Over 300,000 people may have broken the quarantine rules when arriving in England and Northern Ireland, the BBC reported. These are data for the period from March to May this year, when the Delta variant began to dominate.
According to the data reached by the BBC station, between March and May this year. investigators handed over the cases of 301,076 people to check whether they had been subject to compulsory quarantine.
The British government was unable to determine how many of these cases were found to be breaches of the rules or could not be traced back to them.
However, the Home Office said it intends to pay home visits to all travelers suspected of not following the rules.
Coronavirus in Great Britain – Quarantine
In spring, the British government introduced new rules for people arriving from abroad to slow the spread of the coronavirus and contain new variants.
People coming from high-risk countries – from the so-called red list – they must be quarantined at the hotel. People arriving from yellow list countries, i.e., medium-risk areas, had to undergo a 10-day home quarantine and present a negative coronavirus test result. Currently, this requirement only applies to the unvaccinated.
From March 17 to May 31, over a million people from the countries on the yellow list came to England and Northern Ireland. According to data obtained by the BBC under the provisions on freedom of information, during this period 301,076 cases were referred to investigators to check whether they were in quarantine.
At the time, the BBC noted that the highly infectious Delta coronavirus – first detected in India – was rapidly spreading across the country.
The ministry of health employees of the hotline contacted visitors to check that they were complying with the rules of quarantine and testing for the presence of coronavirus. Cases in which a person terminated the call, refused to cooperate, indicated that he would breach the quarantine or testing rules, or who could not be contacted despite three attempts, were referred to border guards and the police. Officers then tried to visit the person at home to see if they were complying with the rules.
And after April 26, the Ministry of the Interior hired a private subcontractor, Mitie, to carry out inspection visits to the homes of people returning from abroad who should be quarantined.
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