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Wales ‘actively considering’ imposing quarantine on those entering from UK

by LLB political Reporter
5th Oct 20 1:48 pm

The Welsh government are “actively considering” implementing quarantine measures on anyone who travels into the country from high risk areas within the UK.

The quarantine measures have also been discussed with the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford.

The Welsh Health minister Vaughan Gething said he does not want to take “whole nation approach,” but the quarantine measures will apply to those who are coming from “high incidence areas across the UK.”

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.

“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.”

He added: “From high incidence areas across the UK, yes, we’re actively considering it.”

“We’ll have to consider the matter today.

“We’ll have to take some advice from the scientific and medical advisers, public health advisers here.

“And we’ll then need to consider whether this is the right course of action because the measures we’ve introduced in Wales are about isolating areas with a higher prevalence of coronavirus and protecting lower prevalence areas.

“So that underpins the rationale we’ve taken.

“It’s consistent with the approach all four UK nations have taken to international travel and quarantine restrictions, where we recognise that higher prevalence areas in other parts of the world represent a risk to coronavirus being re-imported or having an opportunity to spread further within the UK.

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