Monday, 8 Mar 2021

Boris Johnson closes all travel corridors as UK death toll rises by 1,280

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Boris Johnson has closed all travel corridors as another 1,280 people died from coronavirus.

The ban will be in place from 4am on Monday morning and everyone coming to the UK must prove they have produced a negative Covid-19 test in the previous 72 hours.

The suspension will be kept in place for one month although that will be kept under review and could be extended.

It comes a day after the Prime Minister banned travellers from South America, Portugal and Cape Verde amid fears over a new coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil.

Anyone entering the UK must also have filled in a passenger locator form and the airline will ask for that along with proof of a negative test before take off.

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Passengers may also be checked upon landing and may face fines if they fail to comply.

People must then quarantine for 10 days, not leaving for any reason, before taking another test on day five and wait for proof of another negative result, Mr Johnson added.

Enforcement of coronavirus regulations will be upped in the UK and at the border.

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Mr Johnson said he believes these "tough" measures at borders and airports will help the UK tackle any easily transmissible future variants of Covid-19.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, warned that deaths would continue to rise into next week due to the lag between some people being admitted to hospital and then later dying.

The UK recorded a further 1,280 deaths today along with 55,761 new positive Covid-19 tests.

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Prof Whitty also warned there would be a gradual easing of lockdown instead of moving "from a sudden lockdown situation to nothing".

Mr Johnson said the government wants to get to a position where most vulnerable groups have been vaccinated before they think about lifting lockdown.

Around 3.2 million people have now had a Covid-19 jab.

The Prime Minister said: "Depending on the effectiveness of that roll-out, and we are hoping to do all of them by the 15 February, we will think about what steps we could take to lift the restrictions, but it will depend on where the disease is and what's happening.

"We can't have any false sense of security so that we lift the restrictions all together and then the disease really runs riot in the younger generations."

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