Boris Johnson faces internal rebellion as Cabinet desperate ‘not to own’ hotel quarantine
UK hotel quarantine 'won't make much difference' says Calder
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Simon Calder told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the UK Government’s decision to tighten border restrictions will not make a difference. He added that it is a policy that nobody seems to want to own after it was passed on by both the Home Office and Department for Transport to the Department of Health and Social Care.
Mr Calder said: “The trouble is it won’t actually make much difference.
“In Australia and New Zealand, every single case of coronavirus that develops there is linked to someone coming in from abroad.
“In the UK in December it was 1 in 1000.
“That is exactly why last March the UK Government removed all restrictions on people coming from anywhere because they said they would not make any difference.”
He added: “This is a policy that nobody in Government is particularly wanting to own.
“It began at the Home Office, it then went briefly to the Department of Transport and it is now at the Department for Health and Social Care.”
On Tuesday morning, Piers Morgan unleashed a scathing grilling on the UK Government’s policy as he demanded to know the number of hotels signed up to the quarantine plan.
Piers Morgan quizzed Environment Secretary George Eustice on how many hotels had been signed up to the quarantine plan after Health Minister Edward Argar failed to provide an answer on Monday.
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Following consistent pressure from the Good Morning Britain host to provide a figure, Mr Eustice admitted that currently there were zero hotels signed up.
The Good Morning Britain host asked: “Have you signed a single hotel?”
The Conservative MP responded: “We are confident we will have the capacity in place for Monday.”
Mr Morgan said: “Sorry to be pedantic but we are now on day two of this question.
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“Have we signed up a single hotel for the quarantine coming in on Monday?”
Mr Eustice replied: “It is not about signing up single individual hotels one at a time, they are in discussions with some of the groups.”
The GMB host asked: “Have you signed any hotel chains, has anybody signed up?”
The Tory Minister said: “My understanding is no but discussions are still ongoing.”
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