It's a bit odd alright. Especially after all the song and dance about taking back control of their borders.Ali's Choice wrote:Really surprised to hear that the UK are only just bringing in a 14 day mandatory quarantine for all international arrivals. Surely the horse has well and truly bolted by now?
Australia did this over a month ago, and arrivals weren't able to self isolate at home, they were forced to quarantine in vacant hotels under supervision of the Australian Defense Force. This measure was arguably one of the most important steps taken in Australia, as almost 8% of arrivals were found to be infected with COVID-19. I just assumed that somewhere like the UK would have done this ages ago.
Also I see that arrivals from the ROI will be exempt from quarantine, which seems odd to me given that the death rate in Ireland per million people is higher than the USA.
The logic I suppose is that it will coincide with easing lockdown restrictions for the general public but new arrivals will be expected to stay isolated for the presumed incubation period.
Ireland took restrictive measures before the UK so should in theory have less infection risk.