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Calls for sweeping border curbs to protect UK against new Covid variants

Boris Johnson to announce new restrictions on UK arrivals to protect vaccine rollout

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Scientists and senior MPs have renewed calls for sweeping border curbs to protect the UK’s vaccination programme against new variants as Boris Johnson prepared to introduce tougher measures and Britain saw internal infections fall.

The government is to announce sweeping new restrictions on arrivals into the UK this week, including mass testing of all arrivals. All passengers arriving will be tested for coronavirus on day two and day eight of their isolation – regardless of what country they have come from and whether they are at home or in hotel quarantine. The UK already requires all arrivals to have a negative Covid test from within the past 72 hours, taken while still abroad.

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