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Fresh concerns over imported Covid-19 cases in London

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oncerns grew today over imported Covid-19 cases as seven out of nine new infections announced yesterday in one London borough were international travellers from “amber-type” list countries, The Standard reveals.

They are due to announce within weeks which countries will be classed as “red”, “amber” and “green” under a traffic light system linked to coronavirus risks and the level of quarantine and testing that will be required.

The seven cases in Kensington and Chelsea were thought likely to be in the amber category.

However, Covid infection rates are far lower in Britain than many holiday destination countries including France, Spain and Italy.

The seven-day rate in London has fallen to 21.9 confirmed new cases per 100,000 people in the week to April 10, and to 26.3 in Kensington and Chelsea.

Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons foreign affairs committee, tweeted: “The huge success of the vaccine roll-out needs to be reinforced with the tightest possible border restrictions. It’s hard for many with family abroad, but we there’s no point in having the heating on when the window’s open.”

Under the existing “red list” system, people from around 40 countries including Brazil, South Africa, Kenya and the Philippines are barred from entering the UK.

British or Irish nationals, or people with residence rights in the UK, can come in from “red list” countries but must quarantine in a Government-approved hotel for ten days.