UK adds Luxembourg to quarantine list, sets new restrictions in north England
Both decisions were announced hours before coming into effect.
Arrivals from Luxembourg to the United Kingdom will have to self-isolate for two weeks as of midnight, the British government announced on Thursday.
“There has been a consistent increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases per 100,000 of the population in Luxembourg since the end of June, with over a tenfold increase in total cases over this time period,” an official statement read.
Just as with last weekend’s announcement on making arrivals from Spain self-isolate for two weeks, the decision was announced hours before taking effect.
Meanwhile, on Friday morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock explained on television the government’s reasoning behind imposing stricter coronavirus restrictions in parts of northern England, including Manchester.
The new rules, which were also announced late on Thursday, ban people from visiting each other in their homes, although pubs and restaurants will remain open and people will be allowed to meet there.
“Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in the number of cases in Trafford and we also worked with the local authorities … and took the decision to apply this across the whole of Greater Manchester,” Hancock said, adding that such action had become inevitable given the worsening situation.
“We’ve seen these increases across the board … in Greater Manchester as well as the other areas that are affected and the problem was that we had taken more targeted, more specific action, but we could see that it was spreading more widely than that,” he said.