More than 10,000 people are still entering the UK every day — with most disappearing before going into quarantine

MORE than 10,000 people are still entering the UK every day — with most disappearing before going into quarantine.

Dozens of passengers today arrived at Heathrow from South Africa — home to a new strain of Covid — after changing flights in Qatar.

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They were able to head off with no additional checks.

Officials had hoped to set up measures including quarantine hotels this week, but that now may slip to the week after.

Influential MP Yvette Cooper, chair of the Home Affairs select committee, quizzed Health Secretary Matt Hancock over the delays.

She asked: “The Health Secretary rightly said our mission should be to stop the South African variants spreading, but the community spread shows border measures are failing to do that.

“He set out no timetable for quarantine hotels, and seven weeks after the variant was identified, it's still possible for people to travel home from South Africa and elsewhere, with no quarantine hotels, no quarantine taxis, no test on arrival, and still go straight on to public transport in the UK.

“Why is that still allowed and how long is he going to allow it for?”

Mr Hancock replied: “We brought in very significant measures at the border to control the arrival of those from countries at risk for instance South Africa and other Southern African nations, Brazil, and also, Portugal.

“But the self isolation requirements that she mentions are absolutely critical, but we also are looking at what further measures are necessary.”

Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon said direct arrivals to Scotland would face a system of “managed quarantine”.



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