British Primeminister Boris Johnson announced on Friday evening in a press conference that all travel corridors would close and arrivals will require to show COVID negative test results before they depart for the UK. Johnson said all the travel corridors that do not require self-isolation to be closed from 4 a.m. on Monday.
He also added that all those arriving in Britain must be quarantined for 10 days. However, they can choose to pay to take a coronavirus test five days into their quarantine.
He added that the travelers must comply with the '72 hours covid negative' rule.
Johnson said that the rules will be in place until at least or mid-February.
Johnson added, "What we don't want to see is all that hard work undone by the arrival of a new variant that is vaccine-busting."
He also lighted upon the pressure that the UK health care system is under. There are now more than 37,000 Covid patients in hospitals across the UK, and despite all the efforts of our doctors and nurses and our medical staff, we're now seeing cancer treatments sadly postponed, ambulances queuing, and intensive care units spilling over into adjacent wards," he said.
The UK has had more than 87,000 deaths so far due to the coronavirus.