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UK quarantine hotels receive first guests

UK quarantine hotels receive first guests
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The United Kingdom has started using hotels to quarantine travelers arriving from certain countries, checking in their first guests on Monday.

The U.K. has a list of 33 countries that are now required to stay in a quarantine hotel at their own expense for 10 days when visiting the county, The Associated Press reported

The first guests arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport, and security accompanied them by bus to the hotels. 

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The U.K. is not the first country to impose a quarantine, as some other countries have also required some or all international travelers to isolate themselves in a hotel before being allowed to roam the country freely. Some countries have even covered the expense of the stay. 

The U.K. has become stricter with its rules after a British variant of the coronavirus was found to be more deadly and contagious and a South African variant has been found to possibly affect the efficacy of the current coronavirus vaccines being used.

The U.K. has had more than 4 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 117,000 deaths. They have already vaccinated 25 percent of their population and are hoping to have all adults vaccinated by September, according to The Associated Press. 

Many countries are racing to vaccinate their citizens as many believe vaccinations will help countries boost their economies.

The United States has recently updated its international travelers’ guidelines requiring those coming into the US to have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding the plane. Although quarantine upon arrival is recommended, the U.S. does not have a mandate or designated hotels for it.