Boris Johnson has warned that border restrictions may need to be tightened in order to protect the UK against mutant Covid variants from abroad.

Travellers arriving in Britain must currently have a test within the previous 72 hours, produce a passenger locator form and quarantine for 10 days – reduced to five with a second test.

The Prime Minister told a Downing Street press briefing: ‘We’re actively taking some pretty rigorous measures to ensure people do in fact quarantine, and I really don’t rule out we may need to take further measures still.

‘We may need to go further to protect our borders because we do not want – after all the effort that we are going to in this country – the massive effort, the success that the NHS and others are having in vaccinating 5.4 million people – as they have done, 400,000 just in one day.

‘We don’t want to put that at risk by having a new variant come back in.’

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