Travellers to UK from high-risk countries will have to quarantine for 10 days

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leads a virtual news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic inside 10 Downing Street in London, Britain January 26, 2021. Justin Tallis/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Travellers arriving in Britain from high-risk COVID-19 countries will have to quarantine for 10 days in government-provided accommodation to stop new variants of the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

“We will require all such arrivals who cannot be refused entry to isolate in government provided accommodation, such as hotels, for 10 days without exception,” Johnson told lawmakers.

“They will be met at the airport and transported directly into quarantine.”

Reporting by Andy Bruce, Writing by Paul Sandle; editing by Alistair Smout