UK gov’t to impose 10-year prison term for travellers from high-risk countries

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Ten-year jail sentences for travellers who conceal their journeys to high-risk countries have been criticised as “extraordinary high”.

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said UK residents returning to England from 33 “red list” countries must quarantine for 10 days in government-designated hotels, and those caught lying about their movements could be fined £10,000 or be jailed for 10 years.

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve told the Daily Telegraph: “The maximum sentence of 10 years for what is effectively a regulatory breach sounds, in the circumstances, unless it can be justified, extraordinarily high.”

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Meanwhile, extra coronavirus testing will be carried out in areas of south London after a case of the South African variant was discovered.

Stock image of a High Street in the UK

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The surge testing and genomic sequencing will be rolled out in parts of West Norwood and a small section of Streatham in the borough of Lambeth, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

Source: The independent