Priti Patel's Explanation Of Why The UK Is Waiting Two Weeks To Begin Quarantine Was Bizarre

Graeme Demianyk
Priti Patel's Explanation Of Why The UK Is Waiting Two Weeks To Begin Quarantine Was Bizarre

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Home secretary Priti Patel gave a rambling and inaccurate explanation when asked why quarantines for overseas visitors will not start until June 8, given that the move is being touted as a lifesaver.

Patel announced on Friday that mandatory self-isolation is being introduced from that date to prevent a second peak of coronavirus being introduced by travellers from abroad.

At the daily Downing Street press conference, the secretary of state was asked by Liz Bates from Channel 4 News why the move was not going ahead immediately.

Patel replied: “As I outlined in the statement quite clearly, we said very clearly now that as the number of infections within the UK dropped, we have to now manage the risk of external transmission, so more people are now travelling.

“Obviously, because other countries are bringing in their own measures in terms of opening up their own countries and society, and so this is now about managing the risk of transmissions being reintroduced from elsewhere. So that is really vital.

“And that is why we are bringing the measures in now. We want to reduce the risk of imported cases being introduced to the UK and to prevent and stop a second wave of this dreadful virus.” 

 

The answer to that question, and other free-wheeling responses which include repeated used of the phrase “the fact of the matter is”, left many people baffled.

 

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