UK to impose quarantine on travelers entering the country by air


Downing Street changes the slogan “Stay home” for “Stay alert”

Boris Johnson has announced that UK visitors entering the country by air must be quarantined. The Prime Minister has linked the decision to the time when the coronavirus  transmission rate falls, which is currently between 0.5 and 0.9. “In order to avoid contagion from abroad, I am already warning that the time will soon come, when transmission is low enough, to impose a quarantine on all those who arrive in our country by air,” he said in a televised speech to the nation from Downing Street, in which he has outlined the timid de-escalation measures that his Government is going to implement. It will not be until June when the most important decisions begin to be taken.

The British Prime Minister has announced the rollout against the coronavirus on a scale of 1 to 5, similar to that used in the face of terrorist threats. This is the way to explain to citizens that the United Kingdom is about to leave level 4 (with a virus not yet contained in some regions but without danger of saturation of hospitals) to level 3, which would allow a gradual rise in the lockdown. These will be modest advances, such as the possibility of going outside more than once to exercise or sunbathe in the parks.

Johnson has used extremely cautious, conditional language to explain to the British that tough weeks are still ahead. At the same time, however, the Government wants to start reactivating work in those sectors, such as construction or manufacturing, where telework is impossible. “The first step will be to change the emphasis of the message,” he announced. “We asked you to work from home and only go to work if there was no other choice. It is now necessary to stress the idea that all those who cannot work at home should be encouraged to go to their posts. And we want you to do it in a safe way. So you should avoid public transport whenever possible, to maintain social distance. Their capacity will be limited, when possible, go by car, bicycle or on foot, ”Johnson has asked.

Boris Johnson’s compass on every political journey he takes is a catchphrase. A simple phrase that can reflect the determination and direction of the person who launches it, but also reveal their doubts and shortcomings. The UK Government launched confinement, to combat coronavirus, with the message “Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives ”(Protect the National Health Service. Save Lives), whose effectiveness and clarity was praised by all. When it comes time to think about an exit strategy, when the numbers of infections are still alarming and the general consensus is that they reacted late and badly to the pandemic, the slogan chosen by Downing Street is “Stay Alert. Control the Virus. Save Lives ”(Stay Alert. Control the Virus. Save Lives). Johnson himself announced it on his Twitter account this Sunday, hours before the televised message he plans to give to the country, at eight in the afternoon (Spanish peninsular time), with the first and timid steps of a de-escalation shouted for by the entrepreneurs and discouraged by scientists. Alert how? Control what? The cascade of criticism of the government’s strategy has revealed the first fissures in unity between parties, territories and public opinion that the polls had reflected so far. “[Boris Johnson] You have the right to decide what you consider most appropriate for England, but given the critical moment we are in to defeat the virus, #StayAtHousesHaveLife remains my clear message for Scotland at this stage,” he wrote in the social network Scottish Chief Minister Nicola Sturgeon. It was not the first time that he had expressed his disagreements with the management of the crisis carried out by London, but it was the first time that he had openly proclaimed his disobedience.

Johnson has offered his compatriots a small consolation by allowing unlimited exits outside to exercise, provided they follow the two-meter rule. At the same time, it has warned them that the police will begin to be more severe with the fines to the violators.

It will be from June 1, at the earliest, when the reopening of some shops and the return to schools of primary students is allowed. For high school students, Johnson is confident that he can allow a brief addition before the summer break, without specifying dates.

Only from July, at the earliest, has the British Prime Minister announced that hotels, restaurants and pubs will be able to start operating again, provided that the Government considers that they are capable of applying the required security and distancing measures.

“We have already passed the initial peak of infection, but going down the mountain is always much more dangerous. We have a route, we have a plan, and the entire government is under pressure to save lives and to recover the levels of well-being and freedom that we all need, “he said,” but everyone must collaborate to make this plan work.”

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