Daily US Times: The UK Prime Minister said his country is to close all travel corridors from Monday morning to “protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains” of Covid.
Anyone flying into the country from overseas will have to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before setting off.
It comes as a ban on travellers from Portugal and South America came into force on Friday over concerns about a new virus variant identified in Brazil.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new rules would be in place until at least 15 February.
A further 1,280 people with Covid-19 have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive test, taking the total to 87,291.
The latest government figures on Friday also showed another 55,761 new infections had been reported – up from 48,682 the previous day.
Meanwhile, more than two million people across the world have now died with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson said it was “vital” to take extra measures now “when day by day we are making such strides in protecting the population”.
“It’s precisely because we have the hope of that vaccine and the risk of new strains coming from overseas that we must take additional steps now to stop those strains from entering the country.”
All travel corridors will close from 04:00 GMT on Monday and after that, arrivals to the country will need to quarantine for up to 10 days, unless they test negative for the coronavirus after five days.
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