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06 nov. 2020 | 03h38 UTC

UK: Authorities to tighten entry restrictions from November 6 /update 62

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UK authorities to tighten entry restrictions for arrivals from Denmark from November 6; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/11/2020, 12h00 until 3/12/2020, 11h59 (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION United Kingdom

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Event

UK officials have announced that arrivals from Denmark are to be required to self-isolate for a period of 14-days from 04:00 (local time) on Friday, November 6, in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The last-minute decision, taken hours before the change is to come into effect, came after a mutated form of COVID-19 that is transmittable to humans was discovered in Denmark's mink farms. Denmark joins Germany and Sweden in being removed from the government's safe travel corridors, with the two countries due to be struck from the list at 04:00 on Saturday, November 7. Restrictions differ between the devolved governments and further information regarding travel restrictions can be found here for England, Scotland, and Wales.

UK authorities previously implemented a new nationwide lockdown in England on Thursday, November 5, amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the nation. The lockdown is to last until December 2. Non-essential businesses and the hospitality sector have closed and working from home is mandatory where possible. Workplaces where working from home is not possible have been asked to remain open. Mixing between households is limited, with each member of a household permitted to meet one person in an outdoor setting, and individuals living alone as well as single parents may have a support bubble with another household. Despite the lockdown, schools, colleges, and universities are to remain open. Regions are to return to a three-tier lockdown system depending on case numbers from December 3.

In Wales, a two-week "firebreak" began on Friday, October 23, with people requested to stay at home and not mix with other households, most shops and secondary schools closed, and the wearing of face masks is compulsory in indoor public places and on public transportation. Meanwhile, authorities in Scotland implemented a five-tier lockdown system on Monday, November 2. Further information on Scotland's lockdown can be found here.

The wearing of face masks is mandatory in certain public areas, with fines for repeat offenders rising up to 3200 GBP (4175 USD). Further information regarding the wearing of face masks in the UK can be found here.

As of Thursday, November 5, there have been 1,126,469 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK with 48,210 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on the skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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