In the United Kingdom, from Monday, June 8, the majority of people, who enter the country, are required to go into self-quarantine for 14 days, as hard-hit Britain seeks to avoid a second wave of COVID-19.
The requirement concerns both residents and visitors with some exceptions. Critics of the measure question why the UK, where the count of new COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people in the past two weeks was the second-highest in Europe, is affecting hotels and airlines by reducing travel from countries with fewer virus cases.
Airlines British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair have launched joint legal proceedings against the government over what they called a “disproportionate and unfair” step.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock argued in an interview with Sky News that the new rules were necessary as “the proportion of infections that come from abroad increases” as Britain’s own number of new infections decreases, AFP reports.
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