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Simon Murphy is Social Affairs Editor, The Times.

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82 Articles
almost 2 years ago
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UK sets 15 February start date for Covid-19 hotel quarantine measures

Matt Hancock to take personal charge of implementation as pressure mounts on government over lack of details

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almost 2 years ago
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Grant Shapps resists blanket border controls to stem Covid in Britain

Minister tells MPs practicalities rule out island nation copying Australia, as Hancock stalls on hotel quarantines

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almost 2 years ago
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UK parliamentary staff able to take rapid Covid tests in Westminster

MPs, peers and staff make use of newly-opened facility that delivers test results within 45 minutes

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almost 2 years ago
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Former chancellor George Osborne to become full-time banker

Former Tory MP is dropping nearly all current jobs to work at investment bank Robey Warshaw

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almost 2 years ago
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‘Doing a great job’: Johnson hails parents for efforts in lockdown

PM pens letter recognising ‘unique challenges’ faced by those looking after children during the pandemic

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almost 2 years ago
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UAE added to UK’s growing travel ban list in blow to influencers

Those still able to return from countries on ‘red list’ will be required to quarantine in hotels for 10 days

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almost 2 years ago
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How quarantine rules work and what UK government is planning

Arrivals from high-risk countries will have to pay to isolate in a hotel under Boris Johnson’s proposals

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almost 2 years ago
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PM too slow to act throughout Covid pandemic, says Starmer

Labour leader piles pressure on Boris Johnson to explain why death toll has passed 100,000

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almost 2 years ago
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What are Boris Johnson's options to stop Covid variants from abroad?

Quarantine hotels and location tracking are among the ideas for the government to choose from

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almost 2 years ago
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Covid: how have UK border controls compared with other countries'?

Unlike Britain, other countries opted for much tighter travel restrictions, including screening and quarantine

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almost 2 years ago
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Covid quarantine: Home Office considered electronic tags for travellers

Exclusive: policy paper includes option of ‘tagging’ arrivals to track them during quarantine period

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almost 2 years ago
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Priti Patel says she wanted UK borders shut last March over Covid

Home secretary says she was an advocate of closing borders at outset of pandemic

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