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Maybe People From Yorkshire Should Be Quarantined, MPs Suggest

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEP 02: David Davis MP arrives in Downing Street on 02 September, 2019 in London, England as Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts a garden party for all Tory MPs. A cross-party alliance of MPs is expected to attempt to legislate against no-deal Brexit as MPs return to the House of Commons tomorrow before Parliament is prorogued next week until the Queens Speech on 14 October, just over two weeks before the UK is set to leave the EU. (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) © Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEP 02: David Davis MP arrives in Downing Street on 02 September, 2019 in London, England as Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts a garden party for all Tory MPs. A cross-party alliance of MPs is expected to attempt to legislate against no-deal Brexit as MPs return to the House of Commons tomorrow before Parliament is prorogued next week until the Queens Speech on 14 October, just over two weeks before the UK is set to leave the EU. (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
People from Yorkshire pose a bigger coronavirus risk to Londoners than most foreign visitors, a former Conservative cabinet minister has said.

Under plans due to be unveiled by home secretary Priti Patel on Friday, international travellers could face spot checks and £1,000 fines if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK.

But David Davis, a former Brexit secretary, said it made more sense to quarantine people from the north of England, where the spread of the infection is believed to be higher than in the capital, than from countries with low instances of the disease.

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“We are going to say to Greeks coming here: ‘You are going to [spend] 14 days in quarantine,’ whereas if I come down from Doncaster I go through King’s Cross without a stop,” the MP for Haltemprice and Howden in Yorkshire told BBC Radio 4 this afternoon.

“Where is the science in saying [that] to someone from Athens, which has a very low rate, or any part of Greece, versus someone from Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds or wherever?”

He added: “Let’s imagine a constituent of mine went off on holiday in Greece now [...] and I spent two weeks in Yorkshire, which of us is the more risky when we come to London?”

Greece has had 166 deaths related to coronavirus and just 2,850 confirmed cases.

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The number of people who have now died in the UK after testing positive for the virus has risen to 36,393 – an increase of 351 over 24 hours.

Ben Bradshaw, the Labour MP for Exeter, said there was a “stronger case” for isolating arrivals in London from Yorkshire than some other countries.

a group of people walking in front of London King's Cross railway station: David Davis says it makes more sense to quarantine people arriving at Kings Cross station in London than people arriving in the UK from Greece. © PA David Davis says it makes more sense to quarantine people arriving at Kings Cross station in London than people arriving in the UK from Greece.

It came as Downing Street did not rule out allowing London to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown before other parts of the country. 

The capital is thought to have a lower reproduction rate – or “R rate” – of the virus than some other regions.

A study published by the University of Cambridge last week showed the R number in London could be as low as 0.4 while in the North East and Yorkshire it was 0.8.

The latest latest estimates, published by the government today, suggest the UK-wide R rate has remained at 0.7 to 1.0 for a second week.

Boris Johnson has said driving the R down is key to any further easing of the lockdown measures.

The prime minister’s official spokesperson said today: “As we are able to gather more data and have better surveillance of a rate of infection in different parts of the country then we will be able to lift measures quicker in some parts of the country than in others.

“And equally we will be able to put the brakes on in some parts of the country while not having to do so in other parts.”

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, revealed yesterday that a government antibody surveillance study found 17% of people in the capital may have  recovered from the virus.

But in other parts of the country outside the capital the figure was lower at 5%.

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Stay at home as much as possible to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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