Johnson being urged to impose blanket Covid border controls

Cabinet ministers and scientists say more protection needed against unknown variants entering UK

Boris Johnson is facing increasing pressure from cabinet ministers and scientists to impose blanket border control measures against Covid instead of his preferred option of a targeted approach as experts warned that this may not protect the UK from importing further mutations.

Ministers are to meet on Tuesday to weigh up the merits of a border policy that could require all new arrivals, including British citizens, to quarantine at their own expense in government-supervised hotels.

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