Boris attacked for being too slow to close UK borders – ‘It is beyond ridiculous!’

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The UK has been one of the worst-hit countries in the world since the outbreak of the virus with the total number of infections rising to more than 2,000,000. With deaths reaching more than 75,000.

As England was plunged into a third national lockdown, ministers are understood to be considering stricter border controls.

This measures would require international arrivals to have a negative test before travelling to Britain.

Under the proposals – which will be announced this week – anyone travelling to the country will have to receive a negative test result up to 72 hours before entering.

An poll – which ran from 8.30am to 9pm today – asked: “Was Boris Johnson too slow to shut UK borders to travellers?”

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With 2,845 votes, 81 percent (2,301) accused the Prime Minister of being too slow to close the borders.

Just 18 percent (506) backed Mr Johnson and only one percent (38) said they don’t know.

One reader said: “Borders remaining open while the country is in lockdown is beyond ridiculous.

“The borders should have closed in March 2020 with only goods traffic allowed in or out.

“Nobody needs a holiday in Dubai.”

A second reader said: “It was absolutely ridiculous that people were entering this country without tests or quarantine, crazy.

“As far as I know the so-called experts reckoned if an arrival was coming from a country with lower virus figures than the UK, that would be alright.

“That’s what happens when you get your advice from people who crunch numbers but have no common sense or even logic at all.

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“How can you possible control virus if you are wilfully importing it?”

Another person said: “The UK should have imposed enforced quarantine centres on all persons who entered the country from the ‘get-go’ in early 2020 (including diplomats) with all those concerned being obliged to meet the costs of a full fortnight’s stay in quarantine.

“All perishable imports that could not withstand extended processing times, as containers and truck trailers were disinfected, should have been banned.

“Even our relatively uneducated forebears knew to refuse entry to our shores was manner or excluding disease!”

While another person simply put: “Yes! About nine months too slow!”

A fifth reader said: “It goes without saying that anyone with half a brain cell would stop people coming in from abroad and bringing different strains of the virus.

“As a minimum everyone should be tested on arrival.”

Currently, people entering the UK are required to self-isolate for 10 days unless there is a travel corridor or they are exempt from the rules.

The Test to Release scheme, introduced in December, means people can pay for a private test after five days and stop self-isolating if the result is negative.

Under the new lockdown restrictions, only essential journeys are permitted.

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