(LONDON) #Coronavirus Downing Street Report: Home Secretary Priti Patel Announces quarantine changes allowing certain exceptions to those entering the U.K. from 08:June: applying a 14-day-isolation and fines for breaking them together with providing number of tests together with number of positive and sadly the cumulative number of deaths @DHSCgovuk #AceHealthDesk reports

#AceHealthReport – May.22: As of 9am on 22 May, there have been 3,231,921 tests, with 140,497 tests on 21 May: 2,144,626 people have been tested, of which 254,195 tested positive: As of 5pm on 21 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 36,393 have died: This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals: The equivalent figure under the old measure would have been 29,393 and sadly number of deaths announced today of 351:

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As of 9am 22 May, there have been 3,231,921 tests, with 140,497 tests on 21 May.

2,144,626 people have been tested of which 254,195 tested positive.

As of 5pm on 21 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 36,393 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/tOO6oMwtK7

22/05/2020, 14:00

#Coronavirus Border Report: Home Secretary’s opening statement to the government’s daily briefing on coronavirus

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, explains the measures to be taken at the border to avoid a second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission at the 22 May 2020 daily press briefing.

Home Office

Good afternoon, welcome to the government’s daily briefing on coronavirus: I am pleased to be joined by Paul Lincoln, Director General of our Border Force, and Patrick Vallance, our Chief Scientific Advisor.

First, I will update you on the latest daily figures:

  • 3,231,921 tests for coronavirus have now been carried out in the UK, including 140,497 tests carried out yesterday.
  • 254,195 people have tested positive, that’s an increase of 3287 cases since yesterday.
  • 9,307 people are currently in hospital with coronavirus, down 14% from 10,781 this time last week.
  • And sadly, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 36 393 have now died. That’s an increase of 351 fatalities since yesterday.

That is why I am today announcing the next step in our cross-government approach –and these include temporary public health restrictions at the border: We are following the science and introducing public health measures that are supported by SAGE.

This will require international arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days – that is the incubation period of the virus – so that if people have become infected overseas, we can limit the spread of the virus at home: And as we are taking this action, we are taking it at a time when it will be most effective: Passenger arrivals have been down by 99% compared to the previous year: Now we are past the peak of this virus, we must take steps to guard against imported cases, triggering a resurgence of this deadly disease.

As the transmission rate across the UK falls, and the number of travellers arriving in the UK begins to increase, imported cases could begin to pose a larger and increased threat: This is because they could become a higher proportion of the overall number of infections in the UK and therefore increase the spread of the disease.

We do not take these steps lightly: This is extremely challenging and these are difficult times for the entire nation as our freedoms have been sadly, but necessarily, curtailed: We do not underestimate how hard the new restrictions will be for people up and down the country, and also those who have already sacrificed so much to help beat and drive down the spread of coronavirus.

We also recognise how hard these changes will be for our travel and leisure sectors who are already struggling in these unprecedented times: Across government, we continue to work with them and support what is an incredibly dynamic sector to find new ways to reopen international travel and tourism in a safe and responsible way: We will review these temporary public health measures every three weeks to ensure they remain the right ones for our road map to recovery: And these measures will be introduced from 8 June, so that people arriving into the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, except those on a short list of exemptions: Arrivals will also be required to provide contact and address details to help trace them should we need to.

Border Force will be on the frontline of implementing the changes with spot checks as people arrive in the UK: Paul Lincoln, Director General of Border Force, will shortly provide an update on the steps people will need to take: I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our border officers and staff for the role they will play, and for all they are doing to protect our nation at this deeply challenging time: We are working across all four nations of the UK to make these public health measures work, but I will now turn to the enforcement approach that is being taken here in England: We will conduct spot checks by mid June to ensure people are self-isolating: And those from overseas who refuse to comply, could be refused entry: Public Health England will set up an assurance service to contact people at random to ensure they understand the requirements and are self-isolating: And our outstanding police will continue as they have done so diligently across the country, to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the rules: We will empower them to use enforcement as a last resort: So anyone breaking their 14-day quarantine could face a one thousand pound fixed penalty notice: And, ultimately, there could be potential prosecution and an unlimited fine for failure to comply with these sanctions: We will keep these penalties under review and will be unafraid to increase them if that is required:

#AceHealthDesk report ………….Published: May.22: 2020:

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