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Threat of 10-year jail term for UK travellers who hide journeys ‘disproportionate’

Backlash against government plans to jail those who conceal journeys from Covid hotspots

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Two former Conservative attorneys-general and backbench MPs have branded the government’s threat to impose 10-year jail sentences on travellers who try to conceal journeys from coronavirus hot-spots as disproportionate and an abuse of power.

Matt Hancock has announced a requirement for UK residents returning to England from 33 “red list” countries to pay £1,750 to quarantine for 10 days in government-designated hotels. The health secretary said on Tuesday those caught lying about their movements could be fined £10,000 or be jailed for 10 years.

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