June 26, 2020 / 6:58 AM / 10 days ago

UK preparing to relax quarantine measures, minister says

Britain's Environment Secretary George Eustice speaks at the daily coronavirus disease news conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain May 19, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is working on an a plan to relax its quarantine for international travellers with some countries where there is a lower risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, Environment Secretary George Eustice said on Friday.

“I know that Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, is giving this a lot of consideration so that the quarantine provisions that we have got in place can perhaps start to be relaxed with certain countries where the risk is low,” he told BBC TV.

“I don’t know exactly when further information will be announced but I know that it is something the government is working on,” he said. “I know it is being considered.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden

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