Wales ‘actively considering’ QUARANTINE for people coming in from high-risk coronavirus areas of England

WALES is "actively considering" quarantine for people coming in from areas of England with high rates of coronavirus.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething today confirmed the Welsh government was considering the measure.

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The rule would mean those travelling from areas of England with high rates of the virus, such as the North West, would have to self-isolate upon entering Wales.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford had previously called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to introduce travel restrictions for people in areas of England under local lockdown.

In Wales, people must not enter or leave an area subjected to such restrictions without a reasonable excuse – which does not include travelling for a holiday.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething told a press conference: "We're actively considering what we should do and I've discussed it this morning with the First Minister.

"We have quarantine regulations for international travel.

"So for some of the hotspot areas in the north of England, the North East and North West, and the West Midlands, if they were other countries or territories, we would have quarantine regulations for them to return to the UK."

Mr Gething said any potential quarantine restrictions would apply to people from "high incidence areas across the UK".

"We're having to consider how we use our power to protect lower-prevalence areas of Wales but at the same time, we don't want to take a whole-nation approach," Mr Gething said.

"There's no good reason to prevent someone from Devon, at this point in time, coming to visit a pre-booked holiday or trip to Pembrokeshire.

"So we are thinking about how we use something that is proportionate and deals with the reality of the threat that we face."

More than 2.3 million people are living in local lockdowns in Wales.

'TRAFFIC LIGHT' LOCKDOWN

The potential quarantine rule comes as proposed new three-tier "traffic light" lockdown rules have been revealed.

The plan is designed to simplify coronavirus lockdowns across the UK.

The plan is called the "Covid-19 Proposed Social Distancing Framework" but it has not yet been signed off by Boris Johnson, the Guardian reported.

The Sun revealed that a three-tier alert system was being considered last week.

Under the "red light" level three restrictions, pubs will be closed, people will be unable to meet with friends, there will be restrictions on overnight stays away from home and no community sport will be allowed.

At level two, people will not be able to meet with friends inside homes, gardens, pubs or restaurants.

Level one will include restrictions currently being used in England, including the "rule of six" limiting gatherings and the 10pm curfew on pubs and compulsory face masks in shops and on public transport.

The different levels could be introduced to local areas or across the country if there is a "significant increase in transmission".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Government wanted to keep local lockdown rules as "simple as possible" but did not confirm whether a three-tier system was about to be introduced.

"One of the difficulties in fighting the pandemic is you keep having to adjust the strokes you play, the shots you play, depending on where the virus is and the effect it's having in different localities," he told reporters in central London.

"It's certainly true, as Chris Whitty and others have said, that it seems more localised, this time than it was in March and April – that's how it has been anyway.

"And we will be taking steps as you can imagine constantly to keep guidance, keep advice as simple as we can.

"When there's more to say on that we will certainly be saying it, but for now it's follow the local rules in the areas which are under special restrictions, get on the website to look at what you need to do, but generally it's all the restrictions that you know."  




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