Pressure grows on Priti Patel after Vallance avoids full backing for UK quarantine move

Home secretary unveils 14-day rule despite doubts over effectiveness of a blanket ban

The home secretary, Priti Patel, faces mounting calls to publish the scientific advice behind the new 14-day quarantine period for new arrivals to the UK, after the government’s chief scientific adviser declined to fully endorse such a blanket policy.

Speaking at the regular No 10 press conference, Sir Patrick Vallance said the advice from the Sage advisory committee was that quarantines worked best when infection rates inside a country had dropped, but also when applied to countries with high rates of coronavirus.

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Home secretary unveils 14-day rule despite doubts over effectiveness of a blanket banCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe home secretary, Priti Patel, faces mounting calls to publish the scientific advice behind the new 14-day quarantine period for new arrivals to the UK, after the government’s chief scientific adviser declined to fully endorse such a blanket policy.Speaking at the regular No 10 press conference, Sir Patrick Vallance said the advice from the Sage advisory committee was that quarantines worked best when infection rates inside a country had dropped, but also when applied to countries with high rates of coronavirus. Continue reading…

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