New quarantine rules begin despite criticism from airlines, tourism industry and MPs

Published on June 9, 2020 by

Despite a wave of criticism the UK government has gone ahead with new rules requiring most people arriving in the UK including British citizens to self-isolate for two weeks.

Those arriving by plane, ferry or train must give an address where they will self-isolate. Those who break the rules could be fined.

The home secretary Priti Patel says the laws are designed to prevent a second wave’ of coronavirus. But travel companies, business leaders and some MPs have questioned the government’s reasoning and whether the policy can be enforced.

Meanwhile one effect of the pandemic is a rise in the number of young carers under 18 looking after a relative with a physical or mental condition. The Who Cares Campaign – which supports the needs and rights of young carers – is calling for an identity card recognised throughout the UK so that children who are carers can be helped by local services such as pharmacies.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Transport Correspondent Tom Burridge, Health Editor Hugh Pym and Jeremy Cooke speaking to young carers about the challenges they face.

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