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Track-and-trace issues, as Border Force admits, check less than a THIRD of arrivals


Border officials only want to screen less than a third of arrivals at UK airports on the ground.

The government has put in place measures requiring passengers coming to the UK to fill out an online form before entering the UK from any country.

This includes countries or areas not on the mandatory self-isolation list and guidelines state that the form must be completed within 48 hours of returning to the UK.

However, according to a Guardian source, a target of just 30 percent has been set for agents who check passenger papers upon arrival in the country.

It comes as a second wave continues to grow across Europe. Portugal is the youngest country to report a surge in coronavirus cases, raising fears it could be placed on the government's quarantine list.

Passengers arrive at Heathrow Airport in London as the Border Force is known to only check up to 30 percent of passenger tracking forms on their return to the country

Passengers entering the UK from a number of countries including France and the Netherlands are expected to self-isolate. The government uses data from completed online forms to ensure this is done correctly.

However, sources said that of the 30 percent screened by Border Force on-site, 10 percent had not completed any forms.

Border guards are expected to manually scan a QR code at the top of the passenger document to verify that it was successfully completed upon arrival in the country.

This is also to ensure that the government can contact passengers if someone they have been traveling with develops coronavirus symptoms.

While Home Office figures show 1.3 million passengers came to the UK by air in July, the figures show that only three notices of fixed fines were distributed to people who occurred between the 15th and 15th of November after arriving in England and Wales. June and August 17 not self-isolated released on Thursday by the National Police Chiefs Council.

Hungary closes its borders to foreign visitors from Tuesday

Hungary will close its borders to foreign visitors from Tuesday to curb the increasing number of coronavirus cases, the government said.

From September 1st, foreigners will no longer be allowed to enter Hungary, ”said Gergely Gulyás, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's head of cabinet, according to Euronews during a press conference.

He added, “The virus is at risk of being introduced and most new infections are foreign in origin. Hungary is green, all other countries are now red. & # 39;

Hungarian citizens returning from abroad must quarantine themselves for 14 days or present two negative tests that they must pay for themselves.

The Hungarian government announced that the border would remain closed for a month.

People have used social media to raise concerns about the lack of controls at airports across the UK.

Mark Hart wrote: “Friends have just arrived in Gatwick from Croatia – yes, no control, just without having to give an address for self-isolation.

“The government is not serious at all. Surprised?? Given track record not a bit. Total joke. & # 39;

Phillip Kerle added: “I had the same experience when I came back from Bulgaria about three weeks ago.

“My temperature was checked before I went to Sofia Airport. I got off the plane in Stanstad and went out. No announcements, no requests to fill out a form. Nothing. & # 39;

George Beckwith tweeted: & # 39; Arrived at Stansted Airport Saturday morning – No physical border control, no Covid screening, no location form checking, no customs control, no staff / officials around … I just returned with electronic passport control only Entered Great Britain. This country is out of control. & # 39;

Another user tweeted, Secretary of State for Transportation Grant Shapps, asking, “On my recent return from a country outside the travel corridor, no one picked up my location form at the airport.

& # 39; Is the usual protocol? How do you plan to ensure that people actually follow the quarantine without contact information? Or is it just based on good faith? & # 39;

Concerns about quarantine controls come because Portugal, the youngest country, is sparking fears about vacation restrictions as the number of coronavirus cases has soared.

The number of coronavirus cases is increasing sharply in Spain, France and Italy, as a second wave of infections has started across Europe

The number of coronavirus cases is increasing sharply in Spain, France and Italy, as a second wave of infections has started across Europe

Figures released yesterday showed the country recorded 399 new cases, an increase of more than a third from the previous Friday.

The UK government warns that any country that suffers more than 20 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the course of a week should be lifted from the quarantine.

Portugal was only added to the UK's low risk list last Saturday, but now has its highest daily value since July 12th.

Overall, cases in the country stood at 16.4 per 100,000 people over the past seven days.

Most recently, the Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland were added to the list of countries with a high risk of traveling without quarantine on return.

The Ministry of Transport has stated that anyone returning from these countries starting today will have to self-isolate for two weeks.

Across Europe, the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in countries like France, Spain and Italy.

Yesterday, France added 5,429 cases overnight, government figures showed. This was the country's largest in a day surge since April 14 and the third largest daily surge since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, Italy, which had some of the lowest case numbers in Europe after reopening its economy, saw 1,367 cases – the largest increase since May.

Spain registered an additional 7,296 cases, enough to bring the country via the US – the world's worst-hit nation – in a number of cases per million people based on a seven day moving average.