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Boris Johnson left Britain vulnerable to Covid-19 by not shutting borders earlier, say 80% of Brits

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FOUR in five Brits think Boris Johnson left Britain vulnerable by not shutting borders earlier in the pandemic.

As ministers prepare to force returning holiday makers into airport hotel isolation, new polling shows the public think it's too little too late.

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83% of Conservative and 92% of Labour voters think the Government should have been tougher on international arrivals, according to a survey by Opinium.

The “One Rule For Them” campaign group who commissioned the poll said: “When faced with the hard decisions like closing our borders during this crisis Boris Johnson has dithered and delayed.”

The PM will convene his Covid “war committee” on Tuesday and is expected to tighten border restrictions after Matt Hancock admitted 77 cases of the South African covid variant have been found in the UK.

And 11 cases of the Brazilian mutation have also been found, but Mr Hancock insisted there was no evidence of community transmission of either.

Instead he blamed international travel and insisted more needed to be done to police UK borders.

Letting fly at Covidiot influencers and celebs flouting travel rules, Mr Hancock said no one should be travelling for "weekends in Paris or parties in Dubai".

And the health secretary hinted 2021 will be a year of staycation, saying we can look forward to a "great British summer."

Mr Hancock confirmed that Brits face no toughening of domestic lockdown measures currently, but borders will likely be tightened this week.

Mutant Covid strains mean Britain needs new border measures, says Matt Hancock

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