Interior Minister Priti Patel explained that the measures “serve to prevent a second wave”. “The science is clear that if we limit the risk of new cases being brought from abroad, we can help stop a devastating second wave,” he said.
But the measure sparked strong protest from both the manufacturing industry and the airlines. British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair have written to the attorney general Sir Jonathan Jones, the government’s oldest legal officer – which is the first step when legal action is taken against the government. Airlines say they are willing to seek a judicial review of the government’s quarantine travel rules. Aviation, maritime and rail leaders were invited to discuss the new quarantine plans, but British Airways refused to attend the meeting and aviation chiefs told the BBC that they were not impressed with the contents of the call.
However, things are starting to improve from a health point of view. In the UK, the lowest daily increase in coronavirus deaths was recorded yesterday since the lockdown began on March 23. The Department of Health reports. The victims of the last 24 hours are 77 (none in Scotland and Northern Ireland), which update the overall budget to 40,542, although the data on the victims are generally lower over the weekend due to the delay in the reports. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests were delivered to all nursing homes for people over the age of 65, or for people with dementia, in England. But for the shadow secretary, Liz Kendall, “it is not enough”, because the tests were simply “delivered” and not carried out.